HTTP(S) load balancing
HTTP(S) load balancing can balance HTTP and HTTPS traffic across multiple backend instances, across multiple regions. Your entire app is available via a single global IP address, resulting in a simplified DNS setup. HTTP(S) load balancing is scalable, fault-tolerant, requires no pre-warming, and enables content-based load balancing. For HTTPS traffic, it provides SSL termination and load balancing.
Cloud Logging for load balancing logs all the load balancing requests sent to your load balancer. These logs can be used for debugging as well as analyzing your user traffic. You can view request logs and export them to Cloud Storage, BigQuery, or Pub/Sub for analysis.
TCP/SSL load balancing
TCP load balancing can spread TCP traffic over a pool of instances within a Compute Engine region. It is scalable, does not require pre-warming, and health checks help ensure only healthy instances receive traffic. SSL proxy provides SSL termination for your non-HTTPS traffic with load balancing.
Autoscaling helps your applications gracefully handle increases in traffic and reduces cost when the need for resources is lower. You just define the autoscaling policy and the autoscaler performs automatic scaling based on the measured load. No pre warming required—go from zero to full throttle in seconds.
SSL offload enables you to centrally manage SSL certificates and decryption. You can enable encryption between your load balancing layer and backends to ensure the highest level of security, with some additional overhead for processing on backends.
High fidelity health checks
Health checks ensure that new connections are only load balanced to healthy backends that are up and ready to receive them. High fidelity health checks ensure that the probes mimic actual traffic to backends.
Advanced feature support
Cloud Load Balancing also includes advanced support features, such as IPv6 global load balancing, WebSockets, user-defined request headers, and protocol forwarding for private VIPs.
Cloud Load Balancing affinity provides the ability to direct and stick user traffic to specific backend instances.
Cloud CDN integration
Enable Cloud CDN for HTTP(S) load balancing for optimizing application delivery for your users with a single checkbox.
UDP load balancing
UDP load balancing can spread UDP traffic over a pool of instances within a Compute Engine region. It is scalable, does not require pre-warming, and health checks help ensure only healthy instances receive traffic.
"Google Cloud Platform's Load Balancing simplifies our deployment and seamlessly delivers the scale and high-availability we need. We can easily handle 150,000 requests per second with no warmup time and no preparation needed on our end. Having this peace of mind has made a dramatic difference compared with our days configuring specialized load balancing hardware."
Arnaud Granal, CTO, Adcash