Before you can install Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh, review the installation activities, ensure that you meet the prerequisites:

Prerequisites

Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh supported configurations

The following are the only supported configurations for the Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh:

  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform version 4.x.

OpenShift Online and OpenShift Dedicated are not supported for Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh.

  • The deployment must be contained to a single OpenShift Container Platform cluster that is not federated.

  • This release of Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh is only available on OpenShift Container Platform x86_64.

  • This release only supports configurations where all Service Mesh components are contained in the OpenShift Container Platform cluster in which it operates. It does not support management of microservices that reside outside of the cluster, or in a multi-cluster scenario.

  • This release only supports configurations that do not integrate external services such as virtual machines.

For additional information about Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh lifecycle and supported configurations, refer to the Support Policy.

Supported configurations for Kiali on Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh

  • The Kiali observability console is only supported on the two most recent releases of the Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari browsers.

Supported Mixer adapters

  • This release only supports the following Mixer adapter:

    • 3scale Istio Adapter

Operator overview

Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh requires the following four Operators:

  • OpenShift Elasticsearch - (Optional) Provides database storage for tracing and logging with Jaeger. It is based on the open source Elasticsearch project.

  • Jaeger - Provides tracing to monitor and troubleshoot transactions in complex distributed systems. It is based on the open source Jaeger project.

  • Kiali - Provides observability for your service mesh. Allows you to view configurations, monitor traffic, and analyze traces in a single console. It is based on the open source Kiali project.

  • Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh - Allows you to connect, secure, control, and observe the microservices that comprise your applications. The Service Mesh Operator defines and monitors the ServiceMeshControlPlane resources that manage the deployment, updating, and deletion of the Service Mesh components. It is based on the open source Istio project.

See Configuring the log store for details on configuring the default Jaeger parameters for Elasticsearch in a production environment.

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