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How should they architect their solution?

A web company is looking to implement an external payment service into their highly available application
deployed in a VPC Their application EC2 instances are behind a public lacing ELB Auto scaling is used to add
additional instances as traffic increases under normal load the application runs 2 instances in the Auto Scaling
group but at peak it can scale 3x in size. The application instances need to communicate with the payment
service over the Internet which requires whitelisting of all public IP addresses used to communicate with it. A
maximum of 4 whitelisting IP addresses are allowed at a time and can be added through an API.
How should they architect their solution?

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A.
Route payment requests through two NAT instances setup for High Availability and whitelist the Elastic IP
addresses attached to the MAT instances.

B.
Whitelist the VPC Internet Gateway Public IP and route payment requests through the Internet Gateway.

C.
Whitelist the ELB IP addresses and route payment requests from the Application servers through the ELB.

D.
Automatically assign public IP addresses to the application instances in the Auto Scaling group and run a
script on boot that adds each instances public IP address to the payment validation whitelist API.

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3 Comments on “How should they architect their solution?

  1. noone says:

    Answer is A.

    NOT D – When load is 6 servers, that will exceed the 4 IP maximum for whitelist.

    NOT C – for incoming taffic only

    NOT B – Managed IP may change.




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