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Use the Standard load balancer SKU#

Performance Efficiency · Azure Kubernetes Service · 2020_06

Azure Kubernetes Clusters (AKS) should use a Standard load balancer SKU.


When deploying an AKS cluster, either a Standard or Basic load balancer SKU can be configured. A Standard load balancer SKU is required for several AKS features including:

  • Multiple node pools
  • Availability zones
  • Authorized IP ranges

These features improve the scalability and reliability of the cluster.


Consider using Standard load balancer SKU during AKS cluster creation. Additionally, consider redeploying the AKS clusters with a Standard load balancer SKU configured.


AKS clusters can not be updated to use a Standard load balancer SKU after deployment.

Last update: 2022-12-03