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Google’s SDN Features Load Balancing For Faster Performance

Question asked by Sanyam Khurana in #Coffee Room on Jun 16, 2014
Sanyam Khurana
Sanyam Khurana · Jun 16, 2014
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To be in the current market and provide a tough competition to Amazon Web Services and those offered by Microsoft, Google has plans to add a persistent flash storage and use the load balancing technique to improve upon its Cloud platform.

Google has plans to add two new storage and some networking features to provide its user with tremendous functionality along with an ease of use. It is using HTTP load balancing technique across various regions which focuses on shifting the load on computing resources automatically from one data center to another. It is said to provide better opportunity to both its users and developers to allow them a better computing experience along with cheapest possible costs.


Various algorithms are used to shift the load from one data center to another and Google uses same IP Address for it's entire cloud. Andromeda Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform is the main feature behind Google’s cloud platform.

This technique is said to ease the work for the developer as it takes all incoming requests and redirects them through it’s own equipment providing benefit to both developer and the users of the Google Cloud platform. The persistent storage and the load balancing technique are in a limited preview for now.

What do you think about this decision by Google and which cloud computing platform do engineers prefer? Please let us know in the comments section.

Source: Google Cloud Platform Blog Posted in: #Coffee Room
durga ch
durga ch · Jun 16, 2014
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Actually Google was the company which deployed SDN in very early stages. To give everyone else about a picture of SDN , few points on what SDN is really. Google's SDN is limited to data centre and was named as B4 . SDN is a very interesting concept in networking. Every network device is comprised on 2/3 planes. a management plane(optional) , a control plane and a data plane.
Control plane is where all the route computation happens along with signalling etc where as the forwarding plane is the hardware switching plane (can be software too). Now all the while routing computations have been distributed , moving and aggregation of control planes of multiple networking devices into a centralised platform , gives the network engineers newer ability to handle traffic in a centralised way.
Also Network Virtualisation is a very appealing application of SDN.

more about google's B4 can be found in this paper:

where as Martin Cassado's talk explains what SDN is

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