Service Directory and load balancing overview

You can choose to automatically register your load balancer service with Service Directory when you create a load balancer. This enables client applications to use Service Directory through HTTP, gRPC, or DNS to resolve the address of the load balancer service and connect to it directly.

Registering your load balancer with Service Directory lets you do the following:

  • Choose custom DNS names to serve the network locations of your internal load balancers as opposed to DNS accessing your internal load balancer only through an internally generated DNS name in the .internal domain.
  • Serve multiple load balancers from the same DNS domain name, which is otherwise not possible with the auto-generated DNS records.
  • Register load balancers directly and automatically in Service Directory providing a single repository for all your services in Google Cloud.
  • See standalone services, endpoints, and your load balancer endpoints with a single command in the Service Directory API.
  • Apply administrative actions like access control at the namespace or service level to encompass both your load balancer endpoints and other backend services.

For instructions about how to register an internal load balancer in Service Directory, see Configure an internal load balancer in Service Directory.

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