The fact that the objects are integrated directly into Kubernetes, the flexibility of routing traffic, the enforcement of compliance policies, the logging and monitoring make Istio definitely to be considered adding to our toolbox.

Istio is the perfect complement to Kubernetes. An elegant and complete networking solution, that also provides log management and monitoring on several platforms (Prometheus, Grafana, Jaeger, Servicegraph, etc.), which is directly integrated into its «control plane».

In this article, more than deconstruct; explaining separately each component Istio consists of, we will see what Istio is, and how it can simplify the management of a cluster, as it grows. We will also see the approaches that an administrator should change, and the difference between the data management of a cluster; with, and without Istio.

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