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What is Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh?

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Red Hat® OpenShift® Service Mesh provides a uniform way to connect, manage, and observe microservices-based applications. It provides behavioral insight into—and control of—the networked microservices in your service mesh. Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh achieves this through the use of a sidecar proxy that intercepts network communication between microservices. Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh is based on the open source project Istio



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Integrate communications policies without changing application code or integrating language-specific libraries

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Developed with open projects built in collaboration with leading members of the Kubernetes community

Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh Istio diagram


Istio is an open-source project for integrating and managing traffic flow across services. It works in concert with an underlying cluster manager (like Kubernetes). Centralized components, sidecar proxies, and node agents work together to create the data and control planes over a distributed application.

Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh Tracing Diagram


Tracing allows you to track a single request as it makes its way between different services - or even inside a service - providing insight into the entire request process from start to finish. Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh uses Jaeger, an open, distributed tracing system.

Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh Visualization diagram


Visualization helps users see communication pathways between services, how they’re being managed, and how traffic is flowing in near-real time for easier management and troubleshooting. Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh uses Kiali, an open source project, to view configuration, monitor traffic, and analyze traces.

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