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Avi Networks Takes Service Mesh Beyond Containers with Integrated Istio

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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