What is BFE?
It is an open-source layer 7 load balancer derived from proprietary Baidu FrontEnd. It supports multiple protocols , including HTTP,HTTPS, SPDY, HTTP2, WebSocket, TLS, etc. And it supports multiple load balancing policies.
BFE is a tool in the Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy category of a tech stack.
BFE is an open source tool with 3.2K GitHub stars and 535 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to BFE's open source repository on GitHub
Why developers like BFE?
Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use BFE
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- Multiple protocols supported, including HTTP, HTTPS, SPDY, HTTP2, WebSocket, TLS, etc
- Content based routing, support user-defined routing rule in advanced domain-specific language
- Support multiple load balancing policies
- Flexible plugin framework to extend functionality. Based on the framework, developer can add new features rapidly
- Detailed built-in metrics available for service status monitor
BFE Alternatives & Comparisons
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DigitalOcean Load Balancer
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