Avi Networks Takes Service Mesh Beyond Containers with Integrated Istio
Avi Universal Service Mesh Spans Traditional and Containerized Applications on Cloud, VM, and Bare-Metal Infrastructures with Traffic Management, Security, and Observability
Service mesh is more than just a technology for microservices and containers. Avi Networks sees it as the future of application delivery, security, and visibility, with the potential to reshape the nearly $12B market for application services (load balancing, security, and monitoring). Avi Networks announced Universal Service Mesh, adding two major enhancements to the Avi Vantage Platform.
“As IDC noted in a recent report, the Avi Vantage software-defined platform, with its decoupled control plane and proxy-based data plane, prefigured and anticipated the formal emergence of open-source service meshes such as Istio”
First, Avi is delivering enhanced, full-featured, ingress and gateway services to Istio to facilitate secure connectivity for Kubernetes applications across multiple clusters, regions, or clouds. These include L4-L7 traffic management, security including WAF, and observability.
Second, Avi Networks is integrating Istio within its Avi Controller and extending service mesh features to applications running on bare metal servers or virtual machines. This enables customers to deploy a single service mesh across all of their applications, traditional and containerized, both on-prem and in public clouds.
“As IDC noted in a recent report, the Avi Vantage software-defined platform, with its decoupled control plane and proxy-based data plane, prefigured and anticipated the formal emergence of open-source service meshes such as Istio,” said Brad Casemore, Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks at IDC. “In that respect, the integration of Avi’s Universal Service Mesh with Istio is a logical progression.”
Casemore added “What’s more, Avi recognizes that enterprise customers will require service-mesh capabilities—for traffic management, security, and observability not only within a Kubernetes cluster, but across multiple clusters, multiple clouds, multiple regions, and spanning applications running on a wide array of heterogeneous infrastructure (containers, virtual machines, bare metal).”
Avi’s Universal Service Mesh builds on Avi Vantage’s existing container services for Kubernetes and OpenShift, which include north-south (ingress) load balancing, global server load balancing (GSLB), web application firewall (WAF), and east-west traffic management across multi-cluster, multi-region, and multi-cloud environments. The integration of Istio enhances Avi’s capabilities with identity-based security, real-time application monitoring, and enterprise-grade authentication and authorization.