Gated patterns

Last reviewed 2023-12-14 UTC

The gated pattern is based on an architecture that exposes select applications and services in a fine-grained manner, based on specific exposed APIs or endpoints between the different environments. This guide categorizes this pattern into three possible options, each determined by the specific communication model:

As previously mentioned in this guide, the networking architecture patterns described here can be adapted to various applications with diverse requirements. To address the specific needs of different applications, your main landing zone architecture might incorporate one pattern or a combination of patterns simultaneously. The specific deployment of the selected architecture is determined by the specific communication requirements of each gated pattern.

This series discusses each gated pattern and its possible design options. However, one common design option applicable to all gated patterns is the Zero Trust Distributed Architecture for containerized applications with microservice architecture. This option is powered by Cloud Service Mesh, Apigee, and Apigee Adapter for Envoy—a lightweight Apigee gateway deployment within a Kubernetes cluster. Apigee Adapter for Envoy is a popular, open source edge and service proxy that's designed for cloud-first applications. This architecture controls allowed secure service-to-service communications and the direction of communication at a service level. Traffic communication policies can be designed, fine-tuned, and applied at the service level based on the selected pattern.

Gated patterns allow for the implementation of Cloud Next Generation Firewall Enterprise with intrusion prevention service (IPS) to perform deep packet inspection for threat prevention without any design or routing modifications. That inspection is subject to the specific applications being accessed, the communication model, and the security requirements. If security requirements demand Layer 7 and deep packet inspection with advanced firewalling mechanisms that surpass the capabilities of Cloud Next Generation Firewall, you can use a centralized next generation firewall (NGFW) hosted in a network virtual appliance (NVA). Several Google Cloud security partners offer NGFW appliances that can meet your security requirements. Integrating NVAs with these gated patterns can require introducing multiple security zones within the network design, each with distinct access control levels. For more information, see Centralized network appliances on Google Cloud.