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Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)

Definition - What does Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) mean?

Elastic load balancing is a technique that enables the distribution of incoming service requests between multiple servers or nodes. It is used within distributed and cloud computing environments to provide balanced and scalable request handling and management services. A solution or software that provides these services is known as an elastic load balancer.

Techopedia explains Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)

Elastic load balancing is primarily used to speed up computing processes within a networked and distributed computing environment. It evenly distributes the incoming requests to multiple servers to prevent a single server from being over utilized. A comprehensive elastic load balancing solution provides:

  • Capacity monitoring and management
  • Resource optimization in line with traffic
  • Fault tolerance
  • Encryption and decryption of incoming traffic
  • Monitoring of all resources for capacity and availability

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