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Bootstrapping Service Mesh Implementations with Istio

By : Anand Rai
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Book Image

Bootstrapping Service Mesh Implementations with Istio

4 (1)
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

Exposing Ingress over HTTPS

In this section, we will learn how to configure the Istio Gateway to expose the Sockshop frontend application over HTTPs.

Steps 1 and 3 are optional if you already have a Certificate Authority (CA); usually, for production systems, these steps will be performed by your organization’s CA:

  1. Create a CA. Here, we are creating a CA with CN (Common Name) as
    $openssl req -x509 -sha256 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -subj '/O=Sockshop Inc./' -keyout -out
  2. Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for the sockshop. Here, we are generating a CSR for, which also generates a private key:
    $openssl req -out -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout -subj "/"
  3. Sign the CSR using the CA with the following command:
    $openssl x509 -req -sha256 -days 365 -CA -CAkey ...