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Bootstrapping Service Mesh Implementations with Istio

By : Anand Rai
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Bootstrapping Service Mesh Implementations with Istio

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By: Anand Rai

Overview of this book

Istio is a game-changer in managing connectivity and operational efficiency of microservices, but implementing and using it in applications can be challenging. This book will help you overcome these challenges and gain insights into Istio's features and functionality layer by layer with the help of easy-to-follow examples. It will let you focus on implementing and deploying Istio on the cloud and in production environments instead of dealing with the complexity of demo apps.  You'll learn the installation, architecture, and components of Istio Service Mesh, perform multi-cluster installation, and integrate legacy workloads deployed on virtual machines. As you advance, you'll understand how to secure microservices from threats, perform multi-cluster deployments on Kubernetes, use load balancing, monitor application traffic, implement service discovery and management, and much more. You’ll also explore other Service Mesh technologies such as Linkerd, Consul, Kuma, and Gloo Mesh. In addition to observing and operating Istio using Kiali, Prometheus, Grafana and Jaeger, you'll perform zero-trust security and reliable communication between distributed applications. After reading this book, you'll be equipped with the practical knowledge and skills needed to use and operate Istio effectively.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Part 1: The Fundamentals
Part 2: Istio in Practice
Part 3: Scaling, Extending,and Optimizing

Observability tools

Istio produces various metrics that can then be fed into various telemetry applications. The out-of-the-box installation is shipped with add-ons that include Kiali, Jaeger, Prometheus, and Grafana. Let’s take a look at them in the following sections.


The first component to install will be Kiali, the default management UI for Istio. We’ll start by enabling the telemetry tools by running the following command:

$ kubectl apply -f samples/addons
serviceaccount/grafana created
$ kubectl rollout status deployment/kiali -n istio-system
Waiting for deployment "kiali" rollout to finish: 0 of 1 updated replicas are available...
deployment "kiali" successfully rolled out

Once all the resources have been created and Kiali has successfully deployed, you can then open the dashboard of Kiali by using the following command:

$ istioctl dashboard kiali

Kiali is very handy when...