Along with creating a service mesh, Istio allows you to manage gateways, which are Envoy proxies running at the edge of the mesh, providing fine-grained control over traffic entering and leaving the mesh.
Some of Istio’s built in configuration profiles deploy gateways during installation.
For example, a call to
istioctl install with default settings
will deploy an ingress gateway along with the control plane.
Although fine for evaluation and simple use cases, this couples the gateway to the control plane, making management and upgrade more complicated.
For production Istio deployments, it is highly recommended to decouple these to allow independent operation.
Follow this guide to separately deploy and manage one or more gateways in a production installation of Istio.
This guide requires the Istio control plane to be installed before proceeding.
Deploying a gateway
Using the same mechanisms as Istio sidecar injection, the Envoy proxy configuration for gateways can similarly be auto-injected.
Using auto-injection for gateway deployments is recommended as it gives developers full control over the gateway deployment, while also simplifying operations. When a new upgrade is available, or a configuration has changed, gateway pods can be updated by simply restarting them. This makes the experience of operating a gateway deployment the same as operating sidecars.
To support users with existing deployment tools, Istio provides a few different ways to deploy a gateway. Each method will produce the same result. Choose the method you are most familiar with.
All methods listed below rely on Injection to populate additional pod settings at runtime.
In order to support this, the namespace the gateway is deployed in must not have the
If it does, you will see pods failing to startup attempting to pull the
auto image, which is a placeholder that is intended to be replaced when a pod is created.
First, setup an
IstioOperator configuration file, called
apiVersion: install.istio.io/v1alpha1 kind: IstioOperator metadata: name: ingress spec: profile: empty # Do not install CRDs or the control plane components: ingressGateways: - name: ingressgateway namespace: istio-ingress enabled: true label: # Set a unique label for the gateway. This is required to ensure Gateways # can select this workload istio: ingressgateway values: gateways: istio-ingressgateway: # Enable gateway injection injectionTemplate: gateway
Then install using standard
$ kubectl create namespace istio-ingress $ istioctl install -f ingress.yaml
Install using standard
$ kubectl create namespace istio-ingress $ helm install istio-ingress istio/gateway -n istio-ingress
To see possible supported configuration values, run
helm show values istio/gateway.
The Helm repository README contains additional information
First, setup the Kubernetes configuration, called
apiVersion: v1 kind: Service metadata: name: istio-ingressgateway namespace: istio-ingress spec: type: LoadBalancer selector: istio: ingressgateway ports: - port: 80 name: http - port: 443 name: https --- apiVersion: apps/v1 kind: Deployment metadata: name: istio-ingressgateway namespace: istio-ingress spec: selector: matchLabels: istio: ingressgateway template: metadata: annotations: # Select the gateway injection template (rather than the default sidecar template) inject.istio.io/templates: gateway labels: # Set a unique label for the gateway. This is required to ensure Gateways can select this workload istio: ingressgateway # Enable gateway injection. If connecting to a revisioned control plane, replace with "istio.io/rev: revision-name" sidecar.istio.io/inject: "true" spec: containers: - name: istio-proxy image: auto # The image will automatically update each time the pod starts. --- # Set up roles to allow reading credentials for TLS apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1 kind: Role metadata: name: istio-ingressgateway-sds namespace: istio-ingress rules: - apiGroups: [""] resources: ["secrets"] verbs: ["get", "watch", "list"] --- apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1 kind: RoleBinding metadata: name: istio-ingressgateway-sds namespace: istio-ingress roleRef: apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io kind: Role name: istio-ingressgateway-sds subjects: - kind: ServiceAccount name: default
Next, apply it to the cluster:
$ kubectl create namespace istio-ingress $ kubectl apply -f ingress.yaml
The labels on a gateway deployment’s pods are used by
Gateway configuration resources, so it’s important that
Gateway selector matches these labels.
For example, in the above deployments, the
istio=ingressgateway label is set on the gateway pods.
To apply a
Gateway to these deployments, you need to select the same label:
apiVersion: networking.istio.io/v1beta1 kind: Gateway metadata: name: gateway spec: selector: istio: ingressgateway ...
Gateway deployment topologies
Depending on your mesh configuration and use cases, you may wish to deploy gateways in different ways. A few different gateway deployment patterns are shown below. Note that more than one of these patterns can be used within the same cluster.
In this model, a single centralized gateway is used by many applications, possibly across many namespaces.
Gateway(s) in the
ingress namespace delegate ownership of routes to application namespaces, but retain control over TLS configuration.
This model works well when you have many applications you want to expose externally, as they are able to use shared infrastructure. It also works well in use cases that have the same domain or TLS certificates shared by many applications.
Dedicated application gateway
In this model, an application namespace has its own dedicated gateway installation. This allows giving full control and ownership to a single namespace. This level of isolation can be helpful for critical applications that have strict performance or security requirements.
Unless there is another load balancer in front of Istio, this typically means that each application will have its own IP address, which may complicate DNS configurations.
In place upgrade
Because gateways utilize pod injection, new gateway pods that are created will automatically be injected with the latest configuration, which includes the version.
To pick up changes to the gateway configuration, the pods can simply be restarted, using commands such as
kubectl rollout restart deployment.
If you would like to change the control plane revision in use by the gateway, you can set the
istio.io/rev label on the gateway Deployment, which will also trigger a rolling restart.
Canary upgrade (advanced)
If you would like to more slowly control the rollout of a new control plane revision, you can run multiple versions of a gateway deployment.
For example, if you want to roll out a new revision,
canary, create a copy of your gateway deployment with the
istio.io/rev=canary label set:
apiVersion: apps/v1 kind: Deployment metadata: name: istio-ingressgateway-canary namespace: istio-ingress spec: selector: matchLabels: istio: ingressgateway template: metadata: annotations: inject.istio.io/templates: gateway labels: istio: ingressgateway istio.io/rev: canary # Set to the control plane revision you want to deploy spec: containers: - name: istio-proxy image: auto
When this deployment is created, you will then have two versions of the gateway, both selected by the same Service:
$ kubectl get endpoints -o "custom-columns=NAME:.metadata.name,PODS:.subsets[*].addresses[*].targetRef.name" NAME PODS istio-ingressgateway istio-ingressgateway-788854c955-8gv96,istio-ingressgateway-canary-b78944cbd-mq2qf
Unlike application services deployed inside the mesh, you cannot use Istio traffic shifting to distribute the traffic between the gateway versions because their traffic is coming directly from external clients that Istio does not control. Instead, you can control the distribution of traffic by the number of replicas of each deployment. If you use another load balancer in front of Istio, you may also use that to control the traffic distribution.
Canary upgrade with external traffic shifting (advanced)
A variant of the canary upgrade approach is to shift the traffic between the versions using a high level construct outside Istio, such as an external load balancer or DNS.
This offers fine-grained control, but may be unsuitable or overly complicated to set up in some environments.