Posted On: Nov 11, 2020

Today AWS announced the availability of AWS Gateway Load Balancer, a new service that helps you deploy, scale, and manage third-party virtual network appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, analytics, visibility and others. An addition to the Elastic Load Balancer family, AWS Gateway Load Balancer combines a transparent network gateway (that is, a single entry and exit point for all traffic) and a load balancer that distributes traffic and scales your virtual appliances with the demand.

Gateway Load Balancer enables you to insert custom logic or virtual network appliances into any network path where you want to inspect and take action on network traffic. This capability, along with offloading the problems of scale, availability, and service delivery, enables AWS Partner Network and AWS Marketplace partners to focus on their technology and offer virtual appliances as-a-service to AWS customers more easily.

You can also use AWS Gateway Load Balancer Endpoints, a new type of VPC endpoint powered by AWS PrivateLink, to privately, securely, and transparently inject network and security services running in other VPCs into your traffic flow without worrying about overlapping CIDRs. This allows you to build centralized VPCs that can offer critical services across thousands of VPCs in your network using route tables.

Solutions that integrate with AWS Gateway Load Balancer are available from industry leaders today, including Aviatrix, Check Point, Cisco Systems, ePlus Technology, cPacket Networks, Glasnostic, Fortinet, HashiCorp, NETSCOUT, Palo Alto Networks, Radware, Trend Micro, and Valtix. AWS Gateway Load Balancer is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and South America (Sao Paulo) regions. Support for other AWS Regions is coming soon.  

For more information, see the AWS Gateway Load Balancer announcement on the AWS News blog, product overview page, and documentation.