Monitoring your Load Balancer
With your load balancer configured, you can trust that requests to your services will be dispatched efficiently, ensuring smoother performance and enabling you to handle greater loads. For many of us, however, trust must be earned, and “seeing is believing,” as the old adage goes. If you want to see your load balancer in action so that you know it’s operating as it should, you need a way to visualize your Kubernetes services and monitor their performance. The Sumo Logic Kubernetes App provides visibility on all your nodes, allowing you to monitor and troubleshoot load balancing as well as myriad other metrics to track the health of your clusters. You can track the loads being placed on each service to verify that resources are being shared evenly, and you can also monitor the load balancing service itself from a series of easy-to-understand dashboards.
If your application must handle an unpredictable number of requests, a load balancer is essential for ensuring reliable performance without the cost of over-provisioning. Depending on the number of services you need to route traffic to, as well as the level of complexity you are willing to accept, you might choose to use Ingress or the external load balancing service offered by your cloud provider. Regardless of how you implement your load balancing, monitoring its performance through the Sumo Logic Kubernetes App will allow you to measure its benefits and quickly react when it is not operating as it should.