Traffic Manager

Official Documentation

Service Description

The Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager is a service that forwards requests sent to an Azure Service on the basis of freely definable policies and availabilities to service instances that can be installed worldwide in Azure or in external environments. Three types of forwarding policies can be defined: Performance, Failover, and Round Robin. A policy contains a DNS name. The Traffic Manager replies to requests to this name with the IP address of the next available service instance that fulfills this policy.

The decision of which instance a request is forwarded to is thus based both on the policy and the availability. This makes it possible to distribute the instances of a service worldwide, to normally direct users to the nearest instance, and in case this instance fails, to go to the second-nearest instance, etc. Due to support for including instances operated outside of Azure, failover scenarios can be implemented where access is first made to on-premises instances and, in case of an error, instances in the cloud are accessed.

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Traffic Manager available only in the Azure portal from April 3 Blog
Announcing the General Availability of Geographic Routing capability in Azure Traffic Manager Blog
ADFS behind Azure Traffic Manager Blog
Tuesdays with Corey: Azure Resiliency, the magic of load balancers Video
New high availability checklist now available Blog
Load balance in a few clicks Video
Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager with Azure Key Vault Blog
Public preview: Network Resource Provider APIs released Blog
Java on Microsoft Azure: (05) Java Websites on Azure Video
Media Services, Regional Virtual Networks, Oracle Images, Traffic Manager, Service Bus, and Azure Files is now available in Azure Government Blog
Reduce RTO by using Azure Traffic Manager with Azure Site Recovery Blog
General Availability: Traffic Manager Nested Profiles Blog

Web Content

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High Availability Checklist Webpage

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)

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10/12/2016 Tuesdays with Corey: Azure Resiliency, the magic of load balancers 0:08:47
3/1/2016 Load balance in a few clicks 0:01:19
3/29/2015 Java on Microsoft Azure: (05) Java Websites on Azure 0:41:12
10/22/2014 Build Your Virtual Conference with Windows Azure 1:02:29