Use case

Manage Traffic with Consul

Consul offers the ability to manage L4/L7 traffic based on service identity and implement progressive delivery practices like canary deployments or A/B testing.

Challenge

Customizing traffic between services

There are many scenarios where developers would want to customize traffic flow between services. For example, developers want to deploy new versions of a service in a controlled manner without causing downtime. Bluntly taking old versions down and deploying new versions lead to downtime and can risk exposure to extended outages should unexpected problems emerge.

Implement fine-grained traffic policies for routing and splitting traffic across services.

Solution

Centralize traffic shaping with Consul

Consul solves for these use cases including canary testing, A/B tests, blue/green deployment, and soft multi-tenancy (prod/qa/staging sharing compute resources). Developers can shape traffic between services in a methodical manner when introducing a new version of their service. They can gradually direct traffic to the new version and increase the traffic percentage over time, thereby reducing the risks associated with application updates.

Implement fine-grained traffic policies for routing and splitting traffic across services.
How Stripe Uses Consul to Build Service Mesh
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How Stripe Uses Consul to Build Service Mesh

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