Tetrate Launches Open Source Project “GetIstio”

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  • Although service mesh adoption is still early among the enterprises, there are already a good number of products in the cloud-native ecosystem that integrate with or use Istio as part of their overall solution
  • Many enterprises that rely on managed Kubernetes offerings from cloud providers turn to Istio for a comprehensive layer of security for workloads deployed on VMs or Kubernetes

Tetrate has launched GetIstio, an open source distribution of upstream Istio that makes it easier for users to deploy and upgrade validated Istio. The latest initiative from Tetrate serves three key purposes. These are providing safe, vetted Istio distributions for both upstream and FIPS compliant versions – tested against AKS, EKS and GKE, Offering an optional CLI that makes Istio easier to use and Building a community that brings together Istio and Envoy users and technology partners enriched by knowledge sharing and training.

Tetrate co-founder and CEO Varun Talwar said, “A service mesh implementation can be complex and we are making it simpler and accessible by building a rich knowledge base, free training and a forum for adopters to socialize with experts. Istio is one part of the mesh puzzle and the other part is Envoy Proxy. What’s good can always get better. Our bi-weekly community meetings aim to bring it all together with support from integrating technology partners.”

Many enterprises that rely on managed Kubernetes offerings from cloud providers turn to Istio for a comprehensive layer of security for workloads deployed on VMs or Kubernetes. Biweekly 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 Feb. 18, 2021.

Service mesh adoption is still early among the enterprises

Kartik Rallapalli, Principal Enterprise Architect of Tracfone added, “At Tracfone, we’ve built an immutable infrastructure with k8s, Istio and a custom CI/CD platform. We leverage Istio for an array of capabilities like traffic management, telemetry, zero-trust security and more. Istio training from Tetrate Academy is a great resource for our teams to learn Istio fast and get the most out of it.”

Although service mesh adoption is still early among the enterprises, there are already a good number of products in the cloud-native ecosystem that integrate with or use Istio as part of their overall solution. They said that Istio and Envoy present a newer and more reliable way to secure application communication by adhering to fundamental security best practices.. Through its GetIstio initiative, Tetrate is already collaborating with AppviewX, KeyFactor and Venafi for integrations.

Jetstack CTO and co-founder Matt Bates said, “with the Istio community, we’re pleased to have developed ‘istio-csr,’ open source software to integrate Istio with cert-manager. This enables workload certificates to be issued from the wide array of certificate authorities and providers that cert-manager supports, including Venafi, Google Certificate Authority Service (CAS) and more. We look forward to collaborating with the GetIstio community to provide an easy and seamless integration, enabling operators and security teams to tap into cert-manager and secure the mesh from the get-go.”

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