What is Inlets?
You can use it to connect HTTP and TCP services between networks securely. Through an encrypted websocket, it can penetrate firewalls, NAT, captive portals, and other restrictive networks lowering the barrier to entry.
Inlets is a tool in the Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy category of a tech stack.
Inlets is an open source tool with 6.3K GitHub stars and 351 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Inlets's open source repository on GitHub
Why developers like Inlets?
Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Inlets
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- Low-maintenance, secure, and quick alternative to a VPN
- Provide APIs endpoints to consume data from third-parties and partners
- For command and control of: services within private VPCs, IoT devices and Point of Sale (PoS)
- Create a hybrid cloud between existing servers and public cloud for: CI, e2e testing, or for accessing legacy systems
- As an alternative to an expensive data-center uplink such as AWS Direct Connect or Azure Express Route.
Inlets Alternatives & Comparisons
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