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Update: While the Kubernetes sidecar feature described in this post did not make it into the 1.18 Kubernetes release, the (sidecar) pattern and the container lifecycle changes are here the stay and can be expected in the 1.19 release. The sidecar concept in Kubernetes is getting more and more popular, and for a good reason. In the container world, it's a common principle that a container should address a single concern only, but do it well.
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One of the challenges we repeatedly faced when using microservices-based solutions was how best to properly secure communication between participating services. One option was to manage security at the application layer, which meant implementing specific authentication mechanisms in the application code itself. This approach, however, would quickly become burdensome, eating up time for developers, who should be concentrating on implementing actual business logic. Wouldn't it be awesome, we thought, if developers never had to worry about implementing authentication mechanisms in their application code, and, instead, there was a magical solution that would provide secure communication between their services?
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Today we are happy to announce the 1.1 release of Backyards, Banzai Cloud's automated and operationalized service mesh product built on Istio. This is an announcement post describing the new features of Backyards. If you're not familiar with Backyards yet, and want to know why we decided to build this product, we suggest reading the blog post about the first major release. Check out Backyards in action on your own clusters!
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Two months ago we announced the release of Backyards, Banzai Cloud's multi- and hybrid-cloud enabled service mesh built on top of our Istio operator. One of Backyards’ hallmarks is its ability to simplify building a production-ready Istio deployment down to a single command: backyards install -a - complete with enterprise grade security, monitoring, tracing, logs, audit, and features like canary releases, traffic management, circuit breaking and lots more, either through a convenient UI, CLI or a GraphQL API.
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When someone first hears about Istio's sidecar concept, the first two questions are usually about its effect on resource consumption and request latency or throughput. In this post we'll discuss the first of those questions: resource consumption of Istio proxies and how it can be reduced with the new Sidecar custom resource. Previously we had a Kafka on Istio benchmark post that was about throughput, and we'll take a deeper look at the most important HTTP request metrics in a forthcoming article (stay tuned).
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Check out Backyards in action on your own clusters! Register for an evaluation version and run a simple install command! Want to know more? Get in touch with us, or delve into the details of the latest release. Or just take a look at some of the Istio features that Backyards automates and simplifies for you, and which we've already blogged about. Istio has been rightfully praised for ushering in free observability and secure service to service communication.
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One of the exciting new features of Istio 1.4 is automatic mutual TLS support, which brings some long awaited convenience to Istio users configuring mTLS for their applications. In this post, we'll be introducing the concept of Istio's auto mTLS feature and demonstrating how it works using a demo application. Today, we'll be using our open-source Banzai Cloud Istio Operator and our multi and hybrid-cloud enabled service mesh platform, Backyards, to install Istio 1.
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Check out Backyards in action on your own clusters! Register for an evaluation version and run a simple install command! Want to know more? Get in touch with us, or delve into the details of the latest release. Or just take a look at some of the Istio features that Backyards automates and simplifies for you, and which we've already blogged about. Since releasing our open-source Istio operator, we've been doing our best to add support for the latest versions of Istio as rapidly as possible.
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There is a newer version of Backyards available, read more here: Announcing Backyards 1.1 Today we are happy to announce the first major release of Backyards, Banzai Cloud's automated service mesh product. Before jumping into the details, we need to answer an obvious question: Why another service mesh product? The service mesh became one of the most hyped things lately, and it may seem that a new product is released every other week.
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Check out Backyards in action on your own clusters! Register for an evaluation version and run a simple install command! Want to know more? Get in touch with us, or delve into the details of the latest release. Or just take a look at some of the Istio features that Backyards automates and simplifies for you, and which we've already blogged about. Service interruptions caused by outages can have severe business consequences, so it's important that we build, run and test resilient systems.
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