Spring Tips: Spring Cloud Loadbalancer
speaker: Josh Long (@starbuxman)
Hi, Spring fans! Welcome to another installment of Spring Tips! In this installment, we're going to look at a new feature in Spring Cloud, Spring Cloud Loadbalancer. Spring Cloud Loadbalancer is a generic abstraction that can do the work that we used to do with Netflix's Ribbon project. Spring Cloud still supports Netflix Ribbon, but Netflix Ribbons days are numbered, like so much else of the Netflix microservices stack, so we've provided an abstraction to support an alternative.
The Service Registry
For us to use the Spring Cloud Load Balancer, we need to have a service registry up and running. A service registry makes it trivial to programmatically query for the location of a given service in a system. There are several popular implementations, including Apache Zookeeper, Netflix's Eureka, Hashicorp Consul, and others. You can even use Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry as service registries. Spring Cloud provides an abstraction,