Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Two Amazon AWS Elastic Load Balancer Features That Still Don't Exist

I have been working hard reviewing our company's server infrastructure, stability, deployment automation and many other infrastructure related subjects - just to make myself unnecessary. ;) We do extensively use Amazon AWS Elastic Load Balancing to ensure the stability and scalability of our services. And in general, I am happy with it.

However there are a few features that Amazon AWS Elastic Load Balancing is lacking (on mid-July 2013), even the use cases are clear and definitely useful.

SSL Client Certificate Support for Elastic Load Balancing

SSL Client Certificate Support for ELB was asked first time in January 2011 by Arvin Farahmand. As you can already upload your own server certificates to ELB, uploading a signing certificate for accepted client certificates is plausible. Then it would be up to the ELB configuration whether you ignore, accept or require the client certificates. Actual certificate information could be passed to underlying instaces inside HTTP Headers as Apache does, it must be taken care that the instances do not filter them.

Graceful Deregistration of Instances from ELB

If you deregister an instance, or an instance is dropped by ELB, all existing connections to the instance are shut down. Mr. Eric Hammond, well known for Alestic, "Using Amazon AWS/EC2 with Ubuntu", posted about existing connections are dropper on instance deregistration on February 2011. It would be much more graceful to keep existing connections open as far as they are and just not to accept new connections on the instance in question. Rude to the client.

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