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Breaking Down Microsoft Azure: Load Balancing

Microsoft Azure has so many features and functionality that sometimes understanding them all can be overwhelming. Load balancing is a feature used in computing to improve the distribution of workloads across multiple computing resources.  With Azure Load Balancing, you can scale your applications and create high availability for your services. Load Balancer supports inbound and outbound scenarios, provides low latency and high throughput, and scales up to millions of flows for all TCP and UDP applications.

You can use Azure Load Balancer to:

  • Load balance incoming internet traffic to your VMs. This configuration is known as a public Load Balancer.
  • Load balance traffic across VMs inside a virtual network. You can also reach a Load Balancer front end from an on-premises network in a hybrid scenario. Both of these scenarios use a configuration that is known as an internal Load Balancer.
  • Port forward traffic to a specific port on specific VMs with inbound network address translation (NAT) rules.
  • Provide outbound connectivity for VMs inside your virtual network by using a public Load Balancer.

Azure Load Balancer is available in a basic or standard pricing model, determined by scale, features and pricing. Any scenario that’s possible with Basic Load Balancer can also be created with Standard Load Balancer, although the approaches differ slightly. If you want more information on Azure Load Balancing and how this functionality can improve your business operations, give us a call today. 2W Tech is a Microsoft Gold Partner and has IT Consultants on staff that specialize in Microsoft Azure solutions.

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