Load Balancer How-Tos

DigitalOcean fully manages Regional Load Balancers and Global Load Balancers, ensuring they are highly available load balancing services. Load balancers distribute traffic to groups of Droplets in specific regions or across different regions, which prevents the health of a backend service from depending on the health of a single server or a single region.

Getting Started

Create a load balancer and choose its backend Droplets to improve the availability and flexibility of your infrastructure.
View and modify a load balancer’s backend Droplet pool, view graphs of traffic patterns and infrastructure health, and customize the load balancer’s forwarding rules, sticky sessions, health checks, SSL forwarding, and PROXY protocol.

Load Balancer Management

Scale a load balancer to better match its performance to its workload.
Set up SSL passthrough to send encrypted SSL requests directly to the backend Droplet pool via the VPC network. This secures the traffic between the load balancers and the backend Droplets.
Set up SSL termination to decrypt SSL requests at the load balancer and send them unencrypted to the backend Droplet pool via the private network.
Use TCP load balancing for applications that don’t speak HTTP.
Destroy a load balancer to permanently and irreversibly remove it from your account.