Azure Traffic Manager

  • A DNS-based traffic load balancer.
  • Improves the responsiveness of your applications by sending the request to the closest endpoint.
  • It offers a range of traffic-routing methods and endpoint monitoring options.

Features

  • It is resilient to failure.
  • You can obtain actionable insights about your users using a traffic view.
  • Improve the availability of your applications by using traffic manager health checks.
  • Offers automatic failover when an endpoint goes down.
  • Traffic Manager endpoints: Azure, External, and Nested
  • Combine multiple traffic-routing methods using nested traffic manager profiles.

Routing Methods

  • Priority – allows you to set a primary endpoint for all traffic.
  • Weighted – distribute traffic according to weights.
  • Performance – routes users to the closest endpoint.
  • Geographic – direct users to a specific endpoint.
  • Multivalue – endpoints for IPv4/IPv6 addresses.
  • Subnet – map a group of end-user IP address range to a specific endpoint.
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Pricing

  • You are charged based on the number of DNS queries received.
  • You are also charged for each monitored endpoint.
  • You can reduce your DNS query charges by configuring a larger TTL.
  • You are charged for the number of data points used in the traffic view.

Sources:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/traffic-manager/traffic-manager-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/traffic-manager/

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