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Traffic steering

When requests come to your load balancer, it distributes them across your pools and endpoints according to three factors:

  1. Pool and endpoint health: Traffic decisions start with which pools and endpoints are available and should receive traffic.
  2. Global traffic steering: Policies set on your load balancer that route traffic to attached and available pools.
  3. Local traffic steering: These are policies set on each pool that route traffic to available endpoints within the pool.

When a pool or endpoint becomes unhealthy, your load balancer and pools redistribute traffic according to these same policies.