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Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure provider often just referred to as "Google Cloud". New features to the NAIS platform are often exclusively available on GCP first, and we are actively encouraging teams to migrate their applications to GCP.

List of NAIS clusters in GCP
cluster environment comment
dev-gcp development selected ingresses publicly accessible
prod-gcp production publicly accessible
labs-gcp development publicly accessible

In GCP, we do not operate with a zone model like with the on-premise clusters. Instead, we rely on a zero trust model with a service mesh. The only thing we differentiate on a cluster level is development and production.

The applications running in GCP need access policy rules defined for every other service they receive requests from or sends requests to.

Make sure you have access to GCP clusters..

Supported features

Access to GCP

In order to use GCP, a team is required to add their team in a PR to navikt/teams. This will generate a namespace for the team in each cluster, and dev and prod GCP projects will be created. The team's group is initially granted a restricted set of permissions in these projects, but have the ability to grant further permissions on demand using the GCP console


With the ability to grant permissions, the team has full control of the team's GCP projects, and should take care when granting further permissions or enabling features and APIs.

Accessing the application

Access is controlled in part by ingresses, which define where your application will be exposed as a HTTP endpoint. You can control where your application is reachable from by selecting the appropriate ingress domain.


Make sure you understand where you expose your application, taking into account the state of your application, what kind of data it exposes and how it is secured. If in doubt, ask in #nais or someone on the NAIS team.

You can control from where you application is reachable by selecting the appropriate ingress domain. If no ingress is selected, the application will not be reachable from outside the cluster.

dev-gcp ingresses

domain accessible from description internet manually configured. URLs containing /metrics, /actuator or /internal are blocked. naisdevice development ingress for applications naisdevice development ingress for non-public/internet-facing applications

In order to allow an ingress <app> to resolve, it must be configured in our loadbalancer config found on GitHub.

You might see a 404 Page not found error when visiting the GitHub repository for the load balancer config. To gain access, do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Find the (nais) app and add it to your account.

Add a new entry to external_domains under rules for "gw-ekstern-dev-nav-no":

external_domains = {
  "gw-ekstern-dev-nav-no" = {
    rules = [
        description = "allow access to <app>"
        priority    = "<previous value, incremented by 1>"
        action      = "allow"
        expr        = "request.headers['Host'] == '<app>'"
        preview     = false

Commit the changes and create a pull request.

prod-gcp ingresses

domain accessible from description internet manually configured, contact at #tech-sikkerhet. URLs containing /metrics, /actuator or /internal are blocked naisdevice used by non-public/internet-facing applications (previously called

You can also learn about how DNS is configured.

labs-gcp ingresses

domain accessible from description internet automatically configured


Note that the labs-gcp cluster is a separate cluster, primarily meant for deploying simple demos with mocks.

It does not provide any features or integrations that are present in the normal clusters (e.g. Kafka, Azure, etc.)


When establishing an application on GCP, it is a great time to update its platform privacy impact assessments (ROS). It is required to update the application's entry in the Behandlingsoversikt when changing platforms. If both of these words are unfamiliar to your team, it's time to sit down and take a look at both of them.

Every application needs to have a ROS analysis. Applications handling personal information needs a data protection impact assessment (PVK) and an entry in the Behandlingsoversikt.

See also additional information about ROS for applications using nais and PVK for applications using nais under Laws and regulations.

Questions about ROS can be directed to Leif Tore Løvmo or Line Langlo Spongsveen or posted in #tryggnok. Questions about Behandling should be directed to #behandlingskatalogen.

Last update: 2022-10-20
Created: 2020-06-08