Elastic Service Mesh

Flexible Management for Microservices Architecture and Containerized Applications

The Elastic Service Mesh Solution

Avi Networks’ Elastic Service Mesh is a persistent fabric across all environments that provides organizations a flexible framework to deploy and centrally manage a suite of services for applications built utilizing container technology and microservices architecture.

Global & Local Traffic Management

The advent of cloud-native applications and containers created a need for a service mesh to deliver vital application services, such as load balancing at both global and local levels.

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Dynamic Service Discovery

Bridge the gap between a service’s name and access information (IP address) by providing a dynamic mapping between a service name and its IP address.

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Application Monitoring and Analytics

Achieve constant monitoring and alerting of application performance and health for applications deployed in containers and microservices architecture

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Elastic Service Mesh

A service mesh provides an array of network proxies alongside containers. An illustration of the many connections between containers and servers creates a woven effect, which looks like a “mesh.”

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Global & Local Traffic Management

The Avi Vantage Platform offers enterprise-class load balancing for application deployments in container-based frameworks like OpenShift and Kubernetes. The elastic service mesh provides an array of network agents alongside containers where each proxy serves as a gateway interaction between containers and servers.

  • Provides application networking services such as load balancing, health monitoring, TLS/SSL offload, session persistence, content/URL switching, and content modification
  • Directs requests to the appropriate site/region based on availability, locality of the user to the site, site persistence and site load
  • Content/URL switching, redirection, error page, caching, compression and application auto-scaling

Dynamic Service Discovery

Service discovery bridges the gap between a service’s name and access information (IP address) by providing a dynamic mapping between a service name and its IP address. Avi Vantage provides an authoritative DNS server for users’ devices and other services to map host/domain names to virtual IP addresses (VIPs).

  • Offers built-in IPAM for virtual IP address allocation
  • Provides a variety of DNS configuration options and the ability to add static A and CNAME records to the DNS server
  • Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD) and application upgrades using a Blue-Green or canary deployment pattern

Application and Networking Services for
OpenShift-Kubernetes Clusters

Services such as traffic management, service discovery, monitoring/analytics and security remain a critical component leaving enterprises looking for a scalable and enterprise-class solution for production app deployments.

This whitepaper provides an overview of the requirements for such application services and explains how Avi Networks provides a proven elastic application services fabric to deploy container based workloads in production environments using OpenShift-Kubernetes clusters.

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Application Monitoring and Analytics

Achieve a uniform, scalable, and robust monitoring/analytics system to collect, aggregate, accumulate, store, and rollup metrics and logs for all applications deployed in containers and microservices architecture, without having to instrument each application.

  • Application Map Real-time dynamic map of communications between microservices available as a dependency map. Operators can extract critical metrics such as latency, bandwidth, request rate, etc. across microservices.
  • Analytics Dashboard Provides an end-to-end latency view of all transactions in addition to current and historic views of critical metrics such as requests /transaction/connection rate, throughput.
  • Log File Analytics Log every significant transaction (errors and excessive latencies) and analytics by several dimensions such as pool member, response time and device type.
  • Client Analytics Provides aggregate page load times, dimensional analytics such as device type, country, etc. and details resource timing information for every page in the application via JavaScript.
  • Security Analytics See a breakdown of TLS/SSL versions and transaction rate, SSL score based on the SSL security profile and certificates used, DDoS attack analytics with information about type of attacks and bots performing the attacks.

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