Avi Networks announces Universal Service Mesh

Avi Networks today announced Universal Service Mesh, adding what it claims are two major enhancements to the Avi Vantage Platform as part of a cunning plan to corner a $12 billion market for application services.

Avi is gets enhanced, full-featured, ingress and gateway services to Istio to facilitate secure connectivity for Kubernetes applications across multiple clusters, regions, or clouds. These include L4-L7 traffic management, security including WAF, and observability.

It is also integrating Istio within its Avi Controller and extending service mesh features to applications running on bare metal servers or virtual machines.

This enables customers to deploy a single service mesh across all of their applications, traditional and containerised, both on-prem and in public clouds.

Avi’s Universal Service Mesh builds on Avi Vantage’s existing container services for Kubernetes and OpenShift, which include north-south (ingress) load balancing, global server load balancing (GSLB), web application firewall (WAF), and east-west traffic management across multi-cluster, multi-region, and multi-cloud environments.

The integration of Istio, it’s claimed, enhances Avi’s capabilities with identity-based security, real-time application monitoring, and enterprise-grade authentication and authorisation.

Ranga Rajagopalan, CTO and co-founder at Avi Networks said that the Avi Universal Service Mesh is part of his company’s enterprise-grade services for traditional and modern applications across multi-cloud environments.

“Integrating Avi’s platform with Istio extends and enhances the security, observability, and traffic management features of the service mesh across clouds and application architectures beyond containers. Jointly, we will accelerate the adoption of modern application services in enterprises”, he said.

The Universal Service Mesh will be available in multiple phases starting Q1 2019, with phase one including Istio-integrated ingress and gateway services for Kubernetes. The Universal Service Mesh can be deployed as SaaS or customer managed.