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Load balancers should use Standard SKU#

Reliability · Load Balancer · Azure.LB.StandardSKU

Load balancers should be deployed with Standard SKU for production workloads.

Description#

Standard Load Balancer enables you to scale your applications and create high availability for small scale deployments to large and complex multi-zone architectures. It supports inbound as well as outbound connections, provides low latency and high throughput, and scales up to millions of flows for all TCP and UDP applications. It enables Availability Zones with zone-redundant and zonal front ends as well as cross-zone load balancing for public and internal scenarios. You can scale Network Virtual Appliance scenarios and make them more resilient by using internal HA Ports load balancing rules. It also provides new diagnostics insights with multi-dimensional metrics in Azure Monitor.

Recommendation#

Consider using Standard SKU for load balancers deployed in production.

Examples#

Configure with Azure template#

To configure Standard SKU for a load balancer.

  • Set sku.name to Standard.

For example:

{
    "apiVersion": "2020-07-01",
    "name": "[parameters('name')]",
    "type": "Microsoft.Network/loadBalancers",
    "location": "[parameters('location')]",
    "dependsOn": [],
    "tags": {},
    "properties": {
        "frontendIPConfigurations": [
            {
                "name": "frontend-ip-config",
                "properties": {
                    "privateIPAddress": null,
                    "privateIPAddressVersion": "IPv4",
                    "privateIPAllocationMethod": "Dynamic",
                    "subnet": {
                        "id": "/subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx/resourceGroups/lb-rg/providers/Microsoft.Network/virtualNetworks/lb-vnet/subnets/default"
                    }
                },
                "zones": [
                    "1",
                    "2",
                    "3"
                ]
            }
        ],
        "backendAddressPools": [],
        "probes": [],
        "loadBalancingRules": [],
        "inboundNatRules": [],
        "outboundRules": []
    },
    "sku": {
        "name": "Standard",
        "tier": "[parameters('tier')]"
    }
}

Configure with Bicep#

To configure Standard SKU for a load balancer.

  • Set sku.name to Standard.

For example:

resource lb_001 'Microsoft.Network/loadBalancers@2021-02-01' = {
  name: lbName
  location: location
  sku: {
    name: 'Standard'
  }
  properties: {
    frontendIPConfigurations: [
      {
        name: 'frontendIPConfig'
        properties: {
          privateIPAllocationMethod: 'Dynamic'
          subnet: {
            id: vnet.properties.subnets[1].id
          }
        }
        zones: [
          '1'
          '2'
          '3'
        ]
      }
    ]
  }
}

Last update: 2021-10-19