Google Brings HTTP Load Balancing to Cloud Platform
The search giant also is offering SSD persistent storage as it looks to make Google Cloud Platform faster and easier to use.Google is introducing new networking and storage capabilities to its global cloud platform that officials said will make it easier for organizations to move workloads between data centers and to scale and run their operations. The Web giant announced the new capabilities—HTTP load balancing and persistent flash storage—June 16, about a week before Google kicks off its Google I/O user conference in San Francisco June 25. Google competes closely with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft in the crowded cloud computing space, and the HTTP load balancing feature in particular is a key differentiator for the company. It's also an example of what Google can do with its wide use of its software-defined networking (SDN) technologies and the worldwide reach of its cloud offering, according to Tom Kershaw, product management lead for Google Cloud Platform. "The key is really flexible software and how SDN is applied to this, and also having a global footprint," Kershaw told eWEEK. "The global network is really an asset. … It really is unparalleled in terms of its size and reach and performance."
The HTTP load balancing capabilities will offer organizations and developers a range of benefits, he said. The key benefit is being able to load balance across different regions without disrupting the workload. The compute resources can automatically be moved from data center to data center based upon availability and proximity of the workload and demand to the data center. If a service is in demand in Asia, the workload doesn't have to run in the United States; it can be automatically shifted to data centers in Asia.