Tetrate Launches Open Source ‘GetIstio’ Project, Announces New Community, Learning Resources and Partnerships
SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Tetrate today released GetIstio, an open source distribution of upstream Istio that makes it easy to deploy and upgrade user-validated Istio. Istio is the leading and most widely adopted service mesh, an infrastructure layer dedicated to observing, managing and securing a service network. According to the CNCF’s 2020 survey, 47% of organizations using a network of production services use Istio.
“A service mesh implementation can be complex and we make it simpler and more accessible by creating a rich knowledge base, free training and a forum for users to socialize with experts,” said the co-founder and CEO of Tetrate, Varun Talwar. “Istio is one part of the mesh puzzle and the other part is Envoy Proxy. What is good can always get better. Our bi-weekly community meetings aim to bring it all together with the support of integrated technology partners. ”
Many companies that rely on managed Kubernetes offerings from cloud providers look to Istio for a complete security layer for workloads deployed on virtual machines or Kubernetes.
Tetrate’s latest initiative serves three main purposes:
Provide secure and verified Istio distributions for upstream and FIPS compliant versions – tested against AKS, EKS and GKE
Offer an optional CLI that facilitates the use of Istio
Build a community that brings together Istio and Envoy users and technological partners enriched by knowledge sharing and training.
Community meetings to drive adoption of Istio and Envoy
Bi-weekly community meetings will provide a forum for practitioners and partners to share use cases and solutions with the rest of the Istio and Envoy Proxy community. The inaugural meeting is scheduled for February 18, 2021. A free online training course on Istio fundamentals is also available now at https://academy.tetrate.io. For more advanced Istio users, getistio.io will now also host an increasing number of tutorials.
“At Tracfone, we have built an immutable infrastructure with k8s, Istio and a custom CI / CD platform. We leverage Istio for an array of features such as traffic management, telemetry, zero trust security and more. Tetrate Academy’s Istio training is a great resource for our teams to learn Istio quickly and get the most out of it, ”said Kartik Rallapalli, Senior Enterprise Architect at Tracfone.
Building the Istio ecosystem
Although adoption of service mesh is still early among enterprises, there are already a number of products in the cloud native ecosystem that integrate or use Istio as part of their overall solution.
Alexis Richardson, Co-Founder and CEO of Weaveworks: “In combination with a service mesh like Istio, Weave GitOps workflows automate phased deployment strategies / canary management in Kubernetes. Tetrate’s new GetIstio product simplifies things, giving users a fast and secure way to deploy Istio in their GitOps workflows.
Istio and Envoy present a newer and more reliable way to secure application communication by adhering to fundamental security best practices. For an end-to-end mTLS implementation, if companies want to leverage their preferred CA, this is made possible through the CSR API. Thanks to its GetIstio initiative, Tetrate is already collaborating with AppviewX, KeyFactor and Venafi for integrations.
“By working with the Istio community, we are delighted to have developed ‘istio-csr’, an open source software to integrate Istio with cert-manager. This allows workload certificates to be issued from a wide range of certification authorities and providers supported by cert-manager, including Venafi, Google Certificate Authority Service (CAS) and more, ”a said Jetstack CTO and Co-Founder Matt Bates. “We look forward to working with the GetIstio community to provide easy and seamless integration, allowing operators and security teams to tap into cert-manager and secure the mesh from the start. ”
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Tetrate, the enterprise mesh services company, was created to manage the complexity of modern hybrid cloud application infrastructures. Its flagship product, Tetrate Service Bridge, provides a complete, enterprise-ready service mesh platform designed for multi-cluster, multi-tenancy and multi-cloud.
Tetrate is a major contributor to the open source Istio and Envoy Proxy projects, and previously created GetIstio’s open source sister, GetEnvoy, which makes it easier for organizations to get started with the Envoy proxy. There have been over 73,000 downloads of GetEnvoy in the past year.
Please contact us for more information. Learn more at www.getistio.io and www.tetrate.io.