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Hands Free Canary with ALB Advanced Routing Rules

Canary deployments may seem like an advanced technique that requires a team of engineers to implement.

But with the new Advanced Request Routing for ALBs (Application Load Balancer), safely releasing new versions of your application straight into production has never been easier.

First, either create a new ALB or use an existing ALB and copy its DNS name. e

Then, clone this repo https://github.com/ysawa0/alb-canary

And copy the DNS name to this section of serverless.yml

environment:
  stage: ${self:custom.stage}
  region: ${self:custom.region}
  alb_dns_name: canary-alb-1183014609.us-east-1.elb.amazonaws.com

This repo will deploy a Lambda with a API Gateway endpoint that will redirect users to the ALB with a twist – it will add a ?id=$val GET parameter. Where $val will be an integer from 1 to 6.

It uses the Serverless Framework

# Install Serverless if you don't have it
npm install serverless -g

Then run to deploy the Lambda and API Gateway

sls deploy

Save the endpoint of the deployed API Gateway for later. e

Now, we will set up routing rules that will mimic our “application”.

Click View/edit rules

e

Add the rules below e e

It should now look like this. e

Now, trying querying the API Gateway endpoint we deployed earlier.

1 out of 6 times, it should be bucketed into the canary rule.

curl -L https://dmkgpj2yxh.execute-api.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/qa/canary
Id was 1 through 5
curl -L https://dmkgpj2yxh.execute-api.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/qa/canary
Id is 6, you've been canaried!

That’s it! You’ve set up a canary deployment where 1/6 users are canaried.


Software Engineer @ Edmunds.com