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Improve your application performance using AWS Global Accelerator


Transform the way you do business with the cloud. Leverage the performance, security, and availability of the AWS global infrastructure to integrate your user traffic across any Global Accelerator edge location. Users can access your application endpoints via static IP addresses to benefit from deterministic routing, regardless of DNS.

In this blog, we will go through the basics of AWS Global Accelerator and the configuration required for AWS Global Accelerator.


Suppose you have deployed an application and have global users who want to access it directly. They need to go over the public internet, which can add a lot of latency due to many hops. We wish to go as fast as possible through the AWS network to minimize latency. AWS Global Accelerator uses the Anycast concept in which all servers hold the same IP address, and the client is routed to the nearest one. AWS Global accelerator leverages the AWS internal network to route to your application. It works with Elastic IP, Amazon EC2 instances, ALB, NLB, public or private. It also performs regular health checks of your application and is great for disaster recovery.

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AWS Global Accelerator vs Amazon CloudFront

They both use the AWS Global network at their edge locations around the Globe. Also, both services integrate with AWS DDoS Protection or AWS Shield. Amazon CloudFront improves performance for cacheable content (images and videos) and dynamic content, such as API acceleration and dynamic site delivery. In Amazon CloudFront, content is served at the edge.

AWS Global Accelerator improves performance for various applications over TCP and UDP. Packets are proxied from the edge location to the application running in one or more AWS regions. AWS Global Accelerator is a good fit for non-HTTP use cases such as gaming, IoT, and Voice over IP and HTTP use cases requiring fast regional failover.

Steps to Configure AWS Global Accelerator

  1. After launching the application, go to the “Global Accelerator” console and click the “Create Accelerator” option.


2. Enter the name of the Accelerator, select type “Standard” and “IPv4” as type, and then click on “Next”.


3. After clicking on Next, you need to add the Listener port, protocol, and client affinity to have stickiness, and you can also add multiple listeners.


4. Now, add the endpoint groups in which your application is running.


5. Once done, in the next tab, select the endpoints and click on “Create Accelerator”




AWS Global Accelerator will be a valuable service for improving application performance and availability. As AWS continues to advance and expand its infrastructure, we expect further improvements and features to be integrated into Global Accelerator. The advantages of low latency, high availability, and simple configuration make a better user experience and help increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. In AWS Global Accelerator, you are charged for each accelerator provisioned and the amount of priority-directed traffic that passes through the accelerator.

Drop a query if you have any questions regarding AWS Global Accelerator, and we will get back to you quickly.

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1. Is it possible to use AWS Global Accelerator for my on-premises services?

ANS: – You cannot directly configure on-premises resources as endpoints for your static IP addresses, but you can configure Network Load Balancing (NLB) in each AWS Region to handle your on-premises endpoints. You can then register NLB as an AWS Global Accelerator configuration endpoint.

2. How is AWS Global Accelerator different from Amazon CloudFront?

ANS: – AWS Global Accelerator and Amazon CloudFront are two distinct services that use AWS’s global network and edge locations worldwide. Both cacheable content (like photos and movies) and dynamic content (like dynamic site delivery and API acceleration) perform better with Amazon CloudFront. By proxying packets at the edge to applications operating in one or more AWS Regions, Global Accelerator enhances performance for various applications over TCP or UDP.

WRITTEN BY Mayank Bharawa



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