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Consul on Kubernetes

A robust service mesh for discovering and securely connecting applications on Kubernetes.

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Overview

Kubernetes and service mesh tend to go hand and hand. Organizations that adopt Kubernetes are looking for a way to automate, secure, and observe the connections between pods and clusters. Consul and Kubernetes provide a scalable and highly resilient platform for microservices. Consul supports any Kubernetes runtime including hosted solutions like EKS, AKS, GKE, and OpenShift.

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Challenges

Multi-cluster

Multi-cluster

Organizations typically prefer to utilize a more distributed model for Kubernetes deployments. Rather than maintain a single cluster, they connect multiple environments for testing, staging, and production purposes.

Connecting Kubernetes to non-Kubernetes

Connecting Kubernetes to non-Kubernetes

Creating consistency when connecting Kubernetes to non-Kubernetes environments can be challenging, workflows need additional automation to accommodate many virtual machines or containers.

Securing Kubernetes networking

Securing Kubernetes networking

Securing Kubernetes networking with multiple layers of network policies can be challenging. Organizations need to apply policies at both the application layer and network layer to ensure consistent security.

Kubernetes monitoring

Kubernetes monitoring

Obtaining insights into what's happening inside the cluster and the overall health of the cluster. In addition, security issues and vulnerabilities need to be properly tracked.

Why Consul on Kubernetes

Multi-platform
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Multi-platform

Support both Kubernetes and non-Kubernetes workloads on any runtime

Why it matters

You can connect almost any application to any runtime. Consul supports virtual machines and containers across just about any platform.

Features

  • Run thousands of nodes with low latency
  • Support any Kubernetes distribution
  • Work across Kubernetes & non-Kubernetes Environments
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Kube-native workflow
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Kube-native workflow

Use Consul’s Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs) to interact with Kubernetes

Why it matters

Reduce Application deployment times using a workflows not technologies approach and Kube native tools instead of manual scripts

Features

  • Layer 7 Traffic
  • Ingress/Egress through Gateways
  • Custom Resource Definitions
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Observable
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Observable

Use built in UI and enable Kubernetes metrics via helm configuration

Why it matters

Provide enhanced observability using Kubernetes tools or use third party solutions to monitor Kubernetes performance

Features

  • Built in UI metrics
  • APM integrations (Prometheus, Datadog, etc.)
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Secure
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Secure

Offload security concerns from applications based on application security policies. With HCP, security is enabled by default.

Why it matters

You can connect almost any application to any runtime. Consul supports virtual machines and containers across just about any platform.

Features

  • Encryption & Authorization (mTLS) using certificates for service identity
  • Access Controls (ACLs) & Namespaces
  • Automated Certificate Management & Rotation
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Ways to get started