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Google Bumps Up Enterprise Cloud Networking

October 11, 2018 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Google kicked off its Cloud Next London event today with a huge services dump that includes several new enterprise cloud networking capabilities. Two important ones are container-native load balancing and a managed network address translation (NAT) service called Cloud NAT.NAT is a way to remap one IP address space into another by modifying network address information in the IP header of packets while they are in transit. This enables private IP networks that use unregistered IP addresses to connect to the internet. It’s traditionally done on routers and switches, but this type of routing becomes more difficult and complicated in the cloud. The new Cloud NAT, fully managed by Google, simplifies the process. It allows users to provision application instances without a public IP address, while also allowing them to access the internet for things like patching and updates. Outside resources cannot directly access these private instances behind the Cloud NAT gateway, which keeps thes...