WebAssembly (Wasm) is the future of cloud-native infrastructure extensibility. Wasm provides a safe, secure, and dynamic way of extending infrastructure with the programming language of your choice. While feature-rich service meshes like Istio provide many features to help solve problems related to microservice communication, your organization might need custom solutions that are tailored specifically to your production environment, corporate policies, or other development constraints.
You can create a Wasm filter and store it in an OCI-compliant registry, such as Docker or Amazon ECR. Then, you can use the Gloo
WasmDeploymentPolicy custom resource to apply the Wasm filter to your service mesh. Specify which
Workload resources to configure with the Wasm filters, and then Gloo handles the rest. A Gloo extension server watches for Wasm deployments and manages the lifecycle of all your Wasm filters accordingly.
Supported programming languages
You can get Wasm starter kits in the following programming languages.
Benefits of using Gloo Wasm
Solo has driven development and provided support for Wasm filters in Envoy and Istio environments since early 2020, with the
WasmDeployment custom resource. With the release of Istio 1.12 in late 2021, users also have the option to install the
WasmPlugin community custom resource. To help you decide which method is right for you, consider the following benefits of Gloo Wasm.
|Community Wasm plug-in
|Portable binary instruction format for programming languages to extend web and server-side apps
|Embeddable and safe execution environment for Kubernetes, Envoy Proxy, and Istio
|Developer templates to get started quickly
|Deploy to just one management cluster for consistent configuration and easy management across clusters
|Enterprise offering under development longer