Adjusting traffic flow with traffic dials - AWS Global Accelerator

Adjusting traffic flow with traffic dials

For each standard endpoint group, you can set a traffic dial to control the percentage of traffic that is directed to the group. The percentage is applied only to traffic that is already directed to the endpoint group, not to all listener traffic.

By default, the traffic dial is set to 100 (that is, 100%) for all regional endpoint groups in an accelerator. The traffic dial lets you easily do performance testing or blue/green deployment testing for new releases across different AWS Regions, for example.

Here are a few examples to illustrate how you can use traffic dials to change the traffic flow to endpoint groups.

Upgrade your application by Region

If you want to upgrade an application in a Region or do maintenance, first set the traffic dial to 0 to cut off traffic for the Region. When you complete the work and you're ready bring the Region back into service, adjust the traffic dial to 100 to dial the traffic back up.

Mix traffic between two Regions

This example shows how traffic flow works when you change the traffic dials for two regional endpoint groups at the same time. Let’s say that you have two endpoint groups for your accelerator—one for the us-west-2 Region and one for the us-east-1 Region—and you've set the traffic dials to 50% for each endpoint group.

Now, say you have 100 requests coming to your accelerator, with 50 from the East Coast of the United States and 50 from the West Coast. The accelerator directs the traffic as follows:

  • The first 25 requests on each coast (50 requests in total) are served from their nearby endpoint group. That is, 25 requests are directed to the endpoint group in us-west-2 and 25 are directed to the endpoint group in us-east-1.

  • The next 50 requests are directed to the opposite Regions. That is, the next 25 requests from the East Coast are served by us-west-2, and the next 25 requests from the West Coast are served by us-east-1.

The result in this scenario is that both endpoint groups serve the same amount of traffic. However, each one receives a mix of traffic from both Regions.

Load sharing multi-Region architectures

You can configure the traffic dial and endpoint weights to implement complex scenarios as well, to configure load sharing between application endpoints. With these Global Accelerator features, you can deploy and run applications in multi-Region architectures, including active-active and active-standby setups. For more information and detailed examples, see the following blog post: Deploying multi-Region applications in AWS using AWS Global Accelerator