Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Time: 20 minutes

In this scenario, you will learn how to take apply Traffic Shaping techniques discussed in the previous scenario. By apply Traffic Management, you will be able to control who can access versions of your application making it possible to perform canary releases with Istio and Kubernetes.

"Canary release is a technique to reduce the risk of introducing a new software version in production by slowly rolling out the change to a small subset of users before rolling it out to the entire infrastructure and making it available to everybody." Martin Flower

Deploying Canary Releases

Step 1 of 7

Step 1 - Deploy BookInfo

In this scenario, we'll use the Istio BookInfo sample application. The application is composed of four microservices:

  • The productpage microservice is the homepage, populated using the details and reviews microservices.
  • The details microservice contains the book information.
  • The reviews microservice contains the book reviews. It uses the Rating microservice for the star rating.
  • The ratings microservice contains the book rating for a book review.

The deployment included three versions of the reviews microservice to showcase different behaviour and routing:

  • Version v1 doesn’t call the Rating service.
  • Version v2 calls the Rating service and displays each rating as 1 to 5 black stars.
  • Version v3 calls the Rating service and presents each rating as 1 to 5 red stars.

The services communicate over HTTP using DNS for service discovery. An overview of the architecture is shown below.

BookInfo Architecture

The application doesn't understand anything about Istio, Kubernetes or metrics. It could be deployed onto any system.

The Bookinfo application should have already been deployed to the Kubernetes cluster along with the Istio Control Plane.

You can view the application status via kubectl get pods