Load balancing done right, finally!

Contributed by Anoop P B on 9 Apr 2014

ELB Connection Draining - Remove Instances From Service With Care

So it is now (finally) possible to ensure that all in-flight requests are completed before an instance gets de-registered from an ELB (Elastic Load Balancer) (graceful removal). Until now, anytime an instance was removed from ELB, the plug was pulled causing:

…each of which resulted in an unhappy user or customer.

Source: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/ElasticLoadBalancing/latest/DeveloperGuide/config-conn-drain.html

Feature or bug-fix?
And no, it isn’t innovation. Connection draining has been possible even with the Open Source software load balancer HAProxy since many years!
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Just one final question: After all this, why isn’t Connection Draining enabled by default on AWS?

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