Ngrok announced its always-on Global Server Load Balancer (GSLB). This service automatically directs both end-user traffic and agent traffic to the nearest Point of Presence (PoP) based on latency, without the need for additional configuration. 

This feature is now active by default for all ngrok customers, providing faster and more reliable experiences for end users. The company compared it to Google Maps or Apple Maps for your network, as it automatically identifies the quickest path and guides end user and agent traffic along this route.

GSLB addresses slowness in apps by intelligently distributing network traffic across many connected servers located in multiple PoPs dispersed around the world. 

Additionally, GSLB handles geo-failover for traffic between ngrok’s edge and agents deployed across their Global Network, enhancing network resiliency by redirecting traffic from an unavailable PoP to an operational one.

GSLB offers several advantages, simplifying IT operations and improving application performance and security. It achieves simpler IT operations through a cloud-based approach, eliminating the need for provisioning, configuration, and ongoing maintenance, unlike traditional appliance-based GSLBs, ngrok explained.

The GSLB ensures instant availability of new locations and configuration changes across Ngrok’s Global Network, simplifying the process of adding services in different regions and allowing changes to take effect immediately. This streamlines network orchestration and enhances agility.

Ngrok’s GSLB reduces the complexity of application delivery by consolidating multiple networking functions into one solution, serving as a GSLB, firewall, and reverse proxy. This unified approach is suitable for various stages of development, from testing to production environments.

It also enhances security by enforcing policies at the edge, blocking unauthorized requests before they reach the origin network