DigitalOcean Load Balancers are a fully-managed, highly available service that distributes traffic to pools of Droplets. They decouple backend service health from the health of a single server to ensure that your services stay online.
The advantages of including a load balancer in your infrastructure include:
You can modify the behavior of your load balancer to suit your needs without the burden of managing its operational complexities.
Load balancers support multiple protocols and can manage SSL certificates. Because DigitalOcean Load Balancers are network load balancers, not application load balancers, they do not support directing traffic to specific backends based on URLs, cookies, HTTP headers, etc.
High-level information, like plans and pricing, availability, feature overviews, and known issues.
Just the essentials to go from zero to working in a few minutes.
How to accomplish specific tasks in detail, like creation/deletion, configuration, and management.
Resources on native tools for working with load balancers and load balancer performance tips.