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Google has added new solutions to its cloud networking portfolio. These include the Network Address Translation service Cloud NAT and a Firewall Rules Logging feature. The solutions should help users to more easily manage, secure and modernise their applications. That was revealed by Google at its Cloud Next conference in London.

According to Google itself, Cloud NAT is the most important upgrade of the day. NAT refers to the process of a network device, often a firewall, adding a public address to a computer or a group of computers on a private network. NAT is widely used by organizations to limit the number of IP addresses they use, both for economic and security reasons.

Cloud NAT is now available as a beta. The solution manages the process and allows applications to be set up without public IP addresses. The idea is that access to these applications is limited to users within the organization, while updates, patches and configuration management can still be done via the web.

Google has also added a Firewall Rules Logging feature, which is now also available as a beta. The feature helps administrators monitor, verify, and analyze the effects of the rules they have set up for firewalls to manage access to cloud deployments.

HTTPS load balancers

A third new networking possibility closes a possible security hole in HTTPS load balancers. With load balancing it is possible to divide the total amount of work a computer has to do between two or more machines. This means more work is done in the same time and users are helped more quickly.

HTTPS load balancing provides additional security for the data on the move, using a Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol connection. The problem with this is that managing TLS certificates for HTTPS load balancers takes a lot of work for network administrators. Google is therefore introducing Managed Certs, a new service to handle these tasks.

Finally, Google adds a container-native load balancing feature for applications running on the Google Kubernetes Engine and Kubernetes deployments in-house.

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