Why would you use Azure Load Balancer?

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Answer

With Standard Load Balancer, you can scale your applications and create highly available services. Load balancer supports both inbound and outbound scenarios. Load balancer provides low latency and high throughput, and scales up to millions of flows for all TCP and UDP applications.

Key scenarios that you can accomplish using Standard Load Balancer include:

  • Load balance internal and external traffic to Azure virtual machines.
  • Increase availability by distributing resources within and across zones.
  • Configure outbound connectivity for Azure virtual machines.
  • Use health probes to monitor load-balanced resources.
  • Employ port forwarding to access virtual machines in a virtual network by public IP address and port.
  • Enable support for load-balancing of IPv6.
  • Standard Load Balancer provides multi-dimensional metrics through Azure Monitor. These metrics can be filtered, grouped, and broken out for a given dimension. They provide current and historic insights into performance and health of your service. Resource Health is also supported. Review Standard Load Balancer Diagnostics for more details.
  • Load balance services on multiple ports, multiple IP addresses, or both.
  • Move internal and external load balancer resources across Azure regions.
  • Load balance TCP and UDP flow on all ports simultaneously using HA ports.
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