Available as of v2.3.0

Using Rancher, you can connect, secure, control, and observe services through integration with Istio, a leading open-source service mesh solution. Istio provides behavioral insights and operational control over the service mesh as a whole, offering a complete solution to satisfy the diverse requirements of microservice applications.

This service mesh provides features that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Traffic management features
  • Enhanced monitoring and tracing
  • Service discovery and routing
  • Secure connections and service-to-service authentication with mutual TLS
  • Load balancing
  • Automatic retries, backoff, and circuit breaking

Istio needs to be set up by a Rancher administrator or cluster administrator before it can be used in a project for comprehensive data visualizations, traffic management, or any of its other features.

For information on how Istio is integrated with Rancher and how to set it up, refer to the section about Istio.