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Istio Routing Basics

When learning a new technology like Istio, it’s always a good idea to take a look at sample apps. Istio repo has a few sample apps but they fall short in various ways. BookInfo is covered in the docs and it is a good first step. However, it is too verbose with too many services for me and the docs seem to focus on managing the BookInfo app, rather than building it from ground up. There’s a smaller helloworld sample but it’s more about autoscaling than anything else.

In this post, I’d like to get to the basics and show you what it takes to build an Istio enabled ‘HelloWorld’ app from ground up. One thing to keep in mind is that Istio only manages the traffic of your app. The app lifecycle is managed by the underlying platform, Kubernetes in this case. Therefore, you need to understand containers and Kubernetes basics and you need to know about Istio Routing primitives such as Gateway, VirtualService, DestinationRuleupfront. I’m assuming that most people know containers and Kubernetes basics at this point. I will focus on Istio Routing instead in this post.


Basic Steps

These are roughly the steps Continue reading