AWS Global Accelerator

Improve global application availability and performance using the AWS global network

AWS Global Accelerator is a networking service that improves the availability and performance of the applications that you offer to your global users.

Today, if you deliver applications to your global users over the public internet, your users might face inconsistent availability and performance as they traverse through multiple public networks to reach your application. These public networks can be congested and each hop can introduce availability and performance risk. AWS Global Accelerator uses the highly available and congestion-free AWS global network to direct internet traffic from your users to your applications on AWS, making your users’ experience more consistent.

To improve the availability of your application, you must monitor the health of your application endpoints and route traffic only to healthy endpoints. AWS Global Accelerator improves application availability by continuously monitoring the health of your application endpoints and routing traffic to the closest healthy endpoints.

AWS Global Accelerator also makes it easier to manage your global applications by providing static IP addresses that act as a fixed entry point to your application hosted on AWS which eliminates the complexity of managing specific IP addresses for different AWS Regions and Availability Zones. AWS Global Accelerator is easy to set up, configure and manage.

Introduction to AWS Global Accelerator

Benefits

Improve global application availability

AWS Global Accelerator continually monitors the health of your application endpoints, such as your Network Load Balancers, Application Load Balancers, or Elastic IPs, instantly reacting to changes in their health or configuration. AWS Global Accelerator will then redirect user traffic to healthy endpoints that deliver the best performance and availability to your users.

Accelerate your global applications

AWS Global Accelerator optimizes the network path, taking advantage of the vast, congestion-free AWS global network. Regardless of where your users are located, AWS Global Accelerator intelligently routes traffic to the endpoint that provides the best application performance.

Easily manage endpoints

AWS Global Accelerator’s static IP addresses make it easy to move endpoints between Availability Zones or AWS Regions without needing to update your DNS configuration or change client-facing applications.

Use cases

Disaster recovery

You need to rely on your network to always be available. If there is an application failure in the primary AWS Region or endpoints, AWS Global Accelerator instantly re-routes traffic to a secondary AWS Region or endpoint.

Support latency-sensitive applications

Many applications, such as gaming, media, mobile applications, and financial applications, need very low latency for a great user experience. To improve performance for your users, AWS Global Accelerator directs traffic to edge locations that are nearest to users, routing that traffic to the closest endpoint. AWS Global Accelerator quickly reacts to changes in endpoint performance improving your users’ application performance. 

Scale your network to support more users

As your application usage grows, you need to scale and adapt your network. AWS Global Accelerator allows you to scale your network up or down, easily adding or removing endpoints without needing to update the IP addresses in your client applications. AWS Global Accelerator lets you associate regional resources to static IP addresses and whitelist these addresses in your client applications, firewalls, and DNS records. 

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"New Relic helps thousands of customers monitor their applications effectively and securely. We use AWS Global Accelerator to ingest telemetry data onto AWS, taking advantage of the static IP addresses it provides, along with traffic shifting capabilities and many points of presence around the globe."

Ken Gavranovic, SVP, Product Management at New Relic

“Flowplayer helps the media industry to do more with video. Our open source video player for the web allows users to stream videos in their pages, from their own video origins. Our video platform is hosted on AWS and uses AWS Global Accelerator to improve the performance and availability of video ingest for our users all around the world.”

Erik Viklund, VP Dev Ops, Flowplayer.

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“PAR is a leading provider of Point of Sale and Payment software, hardware, and service solutions to restaurant chains around the world and recognized as one of the largest suppliers of POS systems to the global Quick Service and Fast Casual restaurant segments. Our cloud-based Brink Point of Sale software uses AWS Global Accelerator to reach our applications running on AWS with high availability and low latency”

Leonard Redles, System Architect, ParTech, Inc.

“Team Internet AG is a leading provider of services in the direct navigation search market. Today we host our applications in five AWS Regions and plan to continue to expand to new regions to accelerate performance and achieve high availability for our users. With AWS Global Accelerator’s anycast of IP addresses and the intelligent edge network, we can now respond to application failures or configuration updates in a matter of seconds, to ensure maximum uptime and lowest latency for our users. We are really excited about AWS Global Accelerator’s support for most network layer protocols, since we have UDP-based workloads.”

Markus Ostertag, CEO, Team Internet AG.

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"CrazyCall is a browser-based software that helps sales teams and call centers to reach more prospects, monitor agents' activity, and close sales faster. We leverage AWS Global Accelerator’s static anycast IPs and global network to handle Voice over IP (VoIP) traffic, thus ensuring that our customers get the best quality of service"

Marcin Kowalczyk, AWS Architect, CrazyCall.

How it works

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Directly access web applications

Without AWS Global Accelerator

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It can take many networks to reach the application. Paths to and from the application may differ. Each hop impacts performance and can introduce risks.

With AWS Global Accelerator

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Adding AWS Global Accelerator removes these inefficiencies. It leverages the Global AWS Network, resulting in improved performance.

Blog posts and articles

Use AWS Global Accelerator to design a high performance application
by Shaun Ray

November 26, 2018
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Traffic management with AWS Global Accelerator
by Tino Tran

March 29, 2019
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