Is it possible I could throw some geography into this? :)

Posted October 8, 2013 3.2k views
Hey guys! :) So I posted the other day about me needing help with my NGINX load balancer and I got it working with the help of Kamal... and I think it's pretty badass. Is there a way I could somehow throw geographical-location into this NGINX setup and allow users to be routed to nearest/fastest datacenter? If someone says it's possible, I will post the current nginx setup here for the load balancer. Note: I have 4 servers for users to be directed to, and 1 for load-balancing. :)

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You can get rid of the load balancer, set up the webservers to accept requests from anyone, and use a DNS service with geodns support such as Amazon Route 53 so that users are routed to the nearest server.
But wouldn't you loose out on the benefits of having a load balancer then? Or does Amazon Route 53 take on this role in addition to the geographic routing?