The product is based on the Istio, Kiali and Jaeger projects and enhanced with Kubernetes Operators. Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh aims to deliver a more efficient, end-to-end developer experience around microservices-based application architectures. This therefore helps to free developer teams from the complex tasks of having to implement bespoke networking services for their applications and business logic.
Microservices present a transformative option for modern, cloud-native applications. However, effectively using microservices in production can raise new challenges of implementing inter-service communication. This has led to the development of the service mesh, an underlying infrastructure responsible for traffic management, policy enforcement and service identity and security.
The OpenShift Service Mesh extends these traffic management features by including service observability and visualization of the mesh topology to consequently enhance the service mesh experience. By integrating service mesh natively into the OpenShift Kubernetes platform, developers can also improve their implementation of microservice architectures.
Platform operations teams can benefit from the ability to enforce IT policies for service security and communication. Users can benefit from normalized environments across datacenters and the cloud. This becomes possible through the use of software-defined infrastructure built on open source software.
Benefits of Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh
Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh provides a uniform way to oversee and manage the connections between microservices-based applications. It combines key open source projects in a hardened, integrated and supported feature of the OpenShift platform. With OpenShift Service Mesh, customers can benefit from:
- An end-to-end developer-focused experience through unified and optimized underlying technologies (Istio, Kiali and Jaeger). Combining Istio and Kiali for the creation and management of a service mesh with Jaeger for OpenTracing visibility, OpenShift Service Mesh is therefore helping developers to focus on the application services.
- Tracing and measurement via Jaeger. This consequently enables developers to track a request between services with insight into the request process from start to finish.
- “One-click” Service Mesh installation and configuration via the Service Mesh Operator and an Operator Lifecycle Management framework, consequently giving developers the ability to deploy applications into a service mesh more easily. A Service Mesh Operator deploys Istio, Jaeger and Kiali together along with the configuration logic via a single package.