OSM Components & Interations
Design & Concepts
Open Service Mesh (OSM) is a simple, complete, and standalone service mesh solution. OSM provides a fully featured control plane. It leverages an architecture based on Envoy reverse-proxy sidecar. While by default OSM ships with Envoy, the design utilizes interfaces, which enable integrations with any xDS compatible reverse-proxy. OSM relies on SMI Spec to reference services that will participate in the service mesh. OSM ships out-of-the-box with all necessary components to deploy a complete service mesh spanning multiple compute platforms.
As an operator of services spanning diverse compute platforms (Kubernetes and Virtual Machines on public and private clouds) I need an open-source solution, which will dynamically:
- Apply policies governing TCP & HTTP access between peer services
- Encrypt traffic between services leveraging mTLS and short-lived certificates with a custom CA
- Rotate certificates as often as necessary to make these short-lived and remove the need for certificate revocation management
- Collect traces and metrics to provide visibility into the health and operation of the services
- Implement traffic split between various versions of the services deployed as defined via SMI Spec
The system must be:
- easy to understand
- simple to install
- effortless to maintain
- painless to troubleshoot
- configurable via SMI Spec
High-level Software Architecture
Components & Descriptions
Application Protocol Selection
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