DigitalOcean Load Balancer vs Inlets: What are the differences?
Developers describe DigitalOcean Load Balancer as "Scale your applications and improve availability across your infrastructure in a few clicks". Load Balancers are a highly available, fully-managed service that work right out of the box and can be deployed as fast as a Droplet. Load Balancers distribute incoming traffic across your infrastructure to increase your application's availability. On the other hand, Inlets is detailed as "*Cloud Native Tunnel *". You can use it to connect HTTP and TCP services between networks securely. Through an encrypted websocket, it can penetrate firewalls, NAT, captive portals, and other restrictive networks lowering the barrier to entry.
DigitalOcean Load Balancer and Inlets belong to "Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy" category of the tech stack.