Compare Snapt ADCs with Amazon ELB and ALB Load Balancers

Snapt software and cloud native load balancers help supercharge your Amazon AWS deployments and provide substantially more features than Amazon's Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) and Application Load Balancer (ALB).

All Snapt ADCs (Nova and Aria) come with a powerful load balancer, web application firewall (WAF), GSLB and web accelerator for AWS, and can be launched in the Amazon marketplace.

Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) and ALB (application load balancer) provide only the bare essentials for load balancing. They don't offer WAF, GSLB, advanced health monitoring or other key features, and they can become complex and expensive if you need to scale out.

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Key Information: Comparing Snapt and AWS Load Balancers

Application security

Snapt Nova and Aria include a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to filter HTTP / Layer 7 traffic. AWS Elastic Load Balancer does not have a WAF and you can't run a WAF in front of ELB.

Log files for ELB activity

Snapt Nova and Aria include comprehensive monitoring, health checks and reporting, and the metrics are available over API. In AWS Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) there are no external connectors or APIs for accessing logs in DataDog, NewRelic and cloud-native time-series DBs.

Rules, policies and custom settings

Snapt Nova and Aria support custom rules, policies and settings for more complicated applications. AWS Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) does not support rules or policies and does not allow for customized settings for retries and timeouts.

Internal load balancing

Snapt Nova and Aria are designed for high-performance internal east-west load balancing between components and microservices. AWS Elastic Load Balancer does not support internal load balancing – you have to send traffic back out to the public internet, adding a significant security risk.

Controlling Costs

Snapt Nova and Aria help keep costs down as you scale out to meet demand. Our SaaS-style pricing is transparent and gives you discounts as you grow. With Elastic Load Balancer, you’ll pay linearly for the load balancers as you scale out, and for the processed bytes/hr, and for the network costs of moving between AWS zones.

Using Multiple Clouds

Snapt Nova balances, protects, scales and monitors multiple clouds simultaneously, providing resilient DNS and intelligent disaster recovery. ELB is designed to only work with AWS.



Snapt Aria

Snapt Nova

Amazon ELB

24/7 Support
security and protection
global load balancing
integrated multi-cloud deployments
You can run standalone ADCs in any environment.   Balance, protect and scale multiple clouds simultaneously.  
Centralized Management
control plane
ADC Autoscaling
scale-out / scale-in
Internal Load Balancing
east-west load balancing inside your network
Machine Learning and AI enhancement
intelligent security assessment and response
AWS integration
complete API and Amazon Marketplace integration

What to Consider Before Adopting Amazon’s Classic ELB (Elastic Load Balancer) Load Balancer

9 things everyone should consider before leaving the load balancing to Amazon ELB.

For startups and DevOps teams running small projects, spinning up a load balancer is on the checklist of things to prepare for scale. If your primary compute environment is Amazon Web Services, then the fastest and easiest option is to provision Amazon’s basic Elastic Load Balancer (ELB).

Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself as part of your decision.

Read our deep dive before you take the AWS ELB plunge.

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