Announcing Maesh, a Lightweight and Simpler Service Mesh Made by the Traefik Team
We are proud to introduce Maesh, Containous’ new service mesh designed from the ground up to be straightforward, easy to install and easy to use. Maesh allows for visibility and management of the traffic that flows inside your Kubernetes cluster, which is just as important as the ingress and egress traffic. Built on top of Traefik, Maesh is a simple, yet full-featured service mesh.
It is container-native and fits as your de-facto service mesh in your Kubernetes cluster. It supports the latest Service Mesh Interface specification (SMI) that facilitates integration with pre-existing solutions. Moreover, Maesh is opt-in by default, which means that your existing services are unaffected until you decide to add them to the mesh.
Maesh does not use any sidecar container but handles routing through proxy endpoints running on each node. The mesh controller runs in a dedicated pod and handles all the configuration parsing and deployment to the proxy nodes. Maesh supports multiple configuration options: annotations on user service objects, and SMI objects.
Not using sidecars means that Maesh does not modify your Kubernetes objects, and does not modify your traffic without your knowledge. Using the Maesh endpoints is all that is required.