Snapt’s Balancer is a complete software load balancing solution, with a wide variety of features and great performance. We provide it in a pre-made virtualized format which you can easily launch in EC2.
Snapt provides a more advanced, more configurable and more visible load balancer for use in AWS and at an affordable price. If you need more features and more reporting then you need Snapt Balancer.
There are many situations in which you need to move away from ELB. The Snapt Balancer is a full layer 7 load balancing solution used by thousands of clients, many of which reside in EC2. The product has thousands of features, but we have highlighted the primary differences below.
Complete Port/Protocol Control
ELB limits the ports, protocols, health checks and content you can load balance through various rules. Snapt Balancer has no restrictions and can run on any TCP port/protocol combination.
Load Balancing Methods
Snapt Balancer allows many advanced load balancing methods and a fortune of tweaking therein. From source hashing to least connections, URL based balancing and more the Balancer far exceeds the abilities of ELB. Within these protocols, you can also have finite control over the max connections to a server, max queue size, weights and much more.
ELB does not handle large variances in traffic well. It’s designed to grow steadily or shrink steadily but not to handle a burst of 1000x the normal traffic you receive. If you are a media site or the likes the unpredictability of your traffic means you need a Snapt ADC solution.
Being able to auto-scale with ELB is a fantastic feature, but, with Snapt you are able to do the same! That’s right, Snapt integrates directly with the EC2 API to allow autoscale load balancing with faster down detection than any other solution.
ELB has a fixed timeout of 60 seconds, this can mean that large files or requests that take a long time can timeout. It also means you can’t close timeouts before then. With Snapt you can customer client, server, and connection timeouts.
Fixed Elastic IPs
You can use an Elastic IP with Snapt, meaning you can guarantee keeping the same IP address for the load balancer.
Internal Load Balancing
You may want to load balance inside of EC2, but not in a VPC. You cannot do that with ELB, but can with the Snapt Balancer. For example, database servers or messaging servers.
There is no logging available with ELB, with the Snapt Balancer you get detailed performance logs and graphs as well as full TCP or HTTP logging should you wish. It can automatically be configured to send logs via Syslog allowing easy integration with any service.
Snapt provides full 24x7x365 support for its products and will support your EC2 load balancing installation. We have experienced EC2 engineers on our support staff and are ready to help.