FC Barcelona, known simply as Barcelona and colloquially as Barça, is one of the worlds leading professional football clubs based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Domestically, Barça have won 25 La Liga, 30 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions. In international club football, Barcelona has won 20 European and World titles: 5 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, a joint record 5 UEFA Super Cup, a record 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and a joint record 3 FIFA Club World Cup.

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Challenges

As one of the worlds leading football clubs it was a natural choice for FC Barcelona to choose the market leading cloud platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), for running their IT infrastructure. For many years they had been running a very expensive traditional on-premise IT environment and the time had come to modernize.

Solution

Loadbalancer.org provides FC Barcelona with an intelligent application delivery controller that is built on 15 years of battle‑hardened software, with 9 years expertise in making applications within AWS indestructible.

The Load Balancer ADC for AWS provides advanced Layer 4 / 7 load balancing, automatically distributing incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances in a single AWS availability zone or across multiple zones. It enables you to achieve even greater fault tolerance in your applications, seamlessly providing the amount of load balancing capacity needed in response to incoming application traffic. Customers can distribute traffic on the internal Amazon network (saving bandwidth costs) or to any accessible Internet address. By detecting unhealthy instances within a pool it automatically reroutes traffic to healthy instances until the unhealthy instances have been restored.

FC Barcelona opted to deploy in Layer 7 SNAT mode as it offered greater flexibility and supports additional features such as HTTP cookie insertion. They also decided to terminate SSL transactions on the load balancer to allow cookie persistence in HTTPS streams.

Results

The primary benefit of moving to Loadbalancer.org in AWS was to introduce a more intelligent application delivery solution to handle FC Barcelona's transition to AWS. By utilizing this advanced load balancer FC Barcelona are able to meet customer demand in a dynamic, flexible and secure manner.