Google Cloud Unveils Regional Load Balancing Options: Boosting Efficiency with Global Access and Cloud DNS Integration

Google Cloud Unveils Regional Load Balancing Options: Boosting Efficiency with Global Access and Cloud DNS Integration

Google Cloud Unveils Regional Load Balancing Options: Boosting Efficiency with Global Access and Cloud DNS Integration

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Google Cloud has consistently been at the forefront of cloud computing innovations, providing powerful tools and services to help businesses streamline their operations and efficiently manage traffic and scaling needs. One such critical component in the Google Cloud ecosystem is the diverse range of internal load balancing options available. Load balancing plays a vital role in managing traffic requests and distributing them across multiple backend resources to optimize performance, prevent system overloads, and improve scalability.

Internal Load Balancing Options

  1. Internal HTTPS load balancing

Google Cloud’s internal HTTPS load balancing is a regional, proxy-based Layer 7 load balancer that allows hosting services behind an internal IP address. Designed to handle secure HTTPS traffic originating from within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), it offers intelligent routing, traffic control, and SSL termination capabilities.

  1. Internal TCP proxy load balancing

Similar to internal HTTPS load balancing, the internal TCP proxy load balancing option is a proxy-based, regional load balancer designed to cater to services that rely on the TCP protocol. This internal TCP proxy load balancer efficiently distributes traffic and provides low latency across multiple zones within a region.

  1. Internal TCP/UDP load balancing

Rounding out the list of internal load balancing options, the internal TCP/UDP load balancing is a pass-through, regional Layer 4 load balancer that efficiently forwards unproxied TCP or UDP traffic to backend instances. By distributing the incoming traffic based on the load of each instance, it optimizes resource utilization and minimizes latency.

Key Points

All three internal load balancing options are regional, ensuring data sovereignty, and jurisdictional compliance whenever necessary. More importantly, Google Cloud’s Global Access feature enhances these load balancers by allowing clients from any region to access their services efficiently.

Global Access

The Google Cloud Global Access feature, when enabled, profoundly impacts how user traffic reaches the appropriate internal load balancer based on the health state and location of backend resources. When the Global Access feature is turned off, traffic from clients in a different region may experience increased latency due to redirections. However, when Global Access is enabled, it ensures low-latency and optimal distribution of traffic, improving user experience and application performance.

Cloud DNS Integration

Cloud DNS integration further enhances the benefits of global access by ensuring that internal TCP/UDP load balancers with global access enabled have accurate health checks. Google Cloud’s DNS failover routing policy enables setting up active-backup configurations, allowing businesses to quickly reroute traffic if the primary resource becomes unreachable.

Cloud DNS manages the primary and backup IP addresses based on their respective health statuses, ensuring that users are always directed towards the most available and reliable resource, thus maintaining consistent uptime and performance.


Google Cloud’s comprehensive range of internal load balancing options, including internal HTTPS, internal TCP proxy, and internal TCP/UDP load balancers, provide businesses with the means to effectively manage and scale their infrastructure. Global Access and Cloud DNS integration play an indispensable role in maximizing traffic management efficiency, minimizing latencies, and providing failover routing to prevent downtime. Utilizing these powerful tools and features, businesses can deliver high-performance services and an optimal user experience.

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