Istio Dark Launch: Secret Services

“Danger is my middle name” is great for spies and people of mystery, but when it comes to deploying software, boring is better. By using Istio with OpenShift and Kubernetes to ease your microservices into production, you can make deployment really, really boring. That’s good.

[This is part seven of a ten-week series about Istio, Service Mesh, OpenShift, and Kubernetes. Part six can be found here.]

Boring Is Good

Not to worry, dear DevOps person; there are some exciting things in store for you. It’s just that the end result, thankfully, is boring. You want the fun of setting things in motion and then the routine of watching it just work.

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State of Functions-as-a-Service on Kubernetes (OpenShift Commons Briefing)

If you are interested in serverless computing / Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS), and are not following the OpenShift blog, you should checkout The State of Functions-as-a-Service on Kubernetes.  This video is part of the OpenShift Commons Briefing series, which has a lot of great content for developers who interested in cloud-native applications and microservices running on OpenShift and Kubernetes.

FaaS, or serverless as some call it, is a promising compute paradigm suitable for event-driven scenarios. In this briefing, Red Hat’s Michael Hausenblas and Brian Gracely reviewed the current open source offerings for FaaS on Kubernetes (Apache Open Whisk, kubeless, OpenFaaS, etc.) and discussed the pros and cons, on an architectural level and a user experience (UX) point of view. They also covered the topic FaaS vs. containers from a developers as well as an operators perspective.

This talk builds on material gathered by the Serverless Working Group , which is part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). CNCF serves as the vendor-neutral home for many of the fastest-growing projects on GitHub, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy.

Video, slides, and other resources:

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Bringing Coolstore Microservices to the Service Mesh: Part 1 – Exploring Auto-injection

As the industry heads toward the Trough of Disillusionment with cloud-native microservices, finally understanding that distributed architectures introduce more complexity (weird, right?), services meshes can help soften the landing and shift some of that complexity out of our applications and place it where it belongs, in the application operational layer.

At Red Hat we are committed to (and actively involved in) the upstream Istio project and working to integrate it into Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift to bring the benefits of a service mesh to our customers and the wider communities involved. If you want to play with Istio, check out the Service Mesh Tutorials on If you want to install it, follow the Istio Kubernetes quickstart instructions and install it on Red Hat OpenShift 3.7 or later (or 3.9 if you want to use auto-injection).

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Istio Tracing & Monitoring: Where are you and how fast are you going?

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that you cannot measure an object’s position and velocity at the same time. If it’s moving, it’s not in a location. If it’s in a location, then it has no velocity.

Thanks to some awesome open-source software, our microservices running in Red Hat OpenShift (using Kubernetes) can report both their performance and their health. Granted, they can’t violate the Uncertainty Principle, but they can help bring certainty to your cloud-native applications. Istio brings tracing and monitoring to your system with very little effort, helping you keep things humming.

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Istio Circuit Breaker: When Failure Is An Option

The phrase “Failure is not an option” is tossed about with much bravado, as though one could make something work by just their strength of will. But the fact remains, things eventually fail. Everything. How then, do you handle the inevitable failure of your microservices? Well, by combining containers, Kubernetes, Red Hat OpenShift, and Istio, we can skip over-the-top displays of swagger, let the system handle things, and get some sleep at night.

Once again, Istio provides the basis of a popular and well-tested technology: The Circuit Breaker Pattern.

Like a circuit breaker in an electrical circuit, the software version allows flow to a service to be shut off. The circuit opens in the case where the endpoint is not functioning correctly. The endpoint may have failed or may just be too slow, but it represents the same problem: this container is not working.

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Next DevNation Live: Camel Riders in the Cloud, March 15th, 12pm EDT

The next online DevNation Live Tech Talk will be Thursday, March 15th at 12pm EDT. The topic is Camel Riders in the Cloud presented by Claus Ibsen

Apache Camel has fundamentally changed the way enterprise Java™ developers think about system-to-system integration. It makes it easy to apply enterprise integration patterns (EIP) using simple declarations. The result is a lightweight application that is wrapped and delivered as a single JAR.

In this session, we’ll show you how to apply the best practices from the enterprise integration world to build microservices that are deployed as Linux® containers, running on top of Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift. These integration applications will be both cloud-native and cloud-portable.

Register now and join the live presentation at 12pm EDT, Thursday, March 15th. 

Note: For those outside of the US, daylight savings time started this week, so the US East coast is now UTC – 4.

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Red Hat Summit 2018 to focus on Modern App Development

On behalf of the selection teams for Modern Application Development, I am pleased to share this exciting, dynamic, and diverse set of developer-related breakouts, workshops, BoFs, and labs for Red Hat Summit 2018.

With these 61+ sessions listed below, we believe that every attending application developer will come away with a strong understanding of where Red Hat is headed in this app dev space, and obtain a good foundation for tackling that next generation of apps. Encompassing various aspects of Modern App Dev, some sub-topics we’ve focused on are around microservices, service mesh, security and AI/ML, plus there is a large collection of complementary and related topics.

So…if you’re an application developer, we invite you to attend Red Hat Summit 2018 and experience the code first hand. There’s something for everyone and definitely something for you. Register today.

Great talks don’t happen without great speakers, and we feel really privileged to have these popular, high-in-demand speakers:

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