Review the following information about supported release versions for Gloo Platform, including dependencies on open source projects like Istio.
n-3 versions for Gloo Platform. Within each Gloo Platform version, different open source project versions are supported, including Gloo Istio
n-4 version support.
The following versions of Gloo Platform are supported with the compatible open source project versions of Istio and Kubernetes. Later versions of the open source projects that are released after Gloo Platform might also work, but are not tested as part of the Gloo Platform release.
|Gloo Platform||Release date||Gloo Istio
|2.1||21 Oct 2022||1.11 - 1.15||1.18 - 1.23|
|2.0||13 May 2022||1.9 - 1.13||1.17 - 1.23|
|1.2||04 Nov 2021||1.9 - 1.12||1.17 - 1.23|
Keep in mind that Gloo Platform offers
n-4 security patching support only with Gloo Istio versions, not community Istio versions. Gloo Istio versions support the same patch versions as community Istio. You can review community Istio patch versions in the Istio release documentation. You must run the latest Gloo Platform patch version to get the backported Istio support.
Supported Istio versions by Kubernetes or OpenShift version
The supported version of Istio, and Kubernetes or OpenShift are dependent on each other. For example, if you plan to use Gloo Platform with Istio 1.15, you must make sure that you use a Kubernetes or OpenShift version that is compatible with Istio 1.15. The same is true if you decided on a specific Kubernetes or OpenShift version, and you must find an Istio version that is compatible.
To find a list of supported Kubernetes versions in Istio, see the Istio docs. For supported OpenShift, go to the OpenShift knowledgebase (requires login).
Known Istio issues
- Istio versions 1.14.0 - 1.14.3 have a known issue about unused endpoints failing to be deleted. Additionally, version 1.14.4 has a known issue about short hostnames causing Kubernetes service and ServiceEntry conflicts. Both issues are resolved in Istio 1.14.5.
- Istio versions 1.13.0 - 1.13.3 have a known issue about service entry hostname expansion. The issue is resolved in Istio 1.13.4.
Additionally, the following Gloo Platform features require specific versions.
|Gloo Platform feature||Required versions|
|XSLT filter||Istio 1.11 or later|
|Gloo-managed Istio installations||Gloo Platform 2.1.0 or later|
|GraphQL add-on||Gloo Platform version 2.1.0 or later, and Istio version 1.14.5 or later|
Version skew policy for management and remote clusters
Ideally, run the same versions of Gloo Platform and Kubernetes in your management and remote clusters. To give you time to upgrade all of the remote clusters, the
gloo-mesh-agent in the remote clusters can run up to one version behind the Gloo mesh
gloo-mesh-mgmt-server in the management clusters (
n-1). Do not plan to run different versions of the management server and agent deployments on your management and remote clusters for longer than you need to complete the upgrade.
You do not need to install Istio on the management clusters. Remote clusters can run different versions of Istio. However, if you want to apply policies or other resources that require a certain version of Istio across remote clusters, make sure that the clusters run a supported version.
The upgrade process depends on which software you need to upgrade and your infrastructure provider.
- Gloo Platform: See the Upgrading guide.
- Istio: See the Istio documentation. You can follow a similar process to upgrade Gloo Istio, but make sure to specify the
tagvalues for the Gloo Istio image that you want to use, such as in the Install Gloo Istio guide.
- Kubernetes or OpenShift: Consult your infrastructure provider's upgrade process. For example, you might use Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, or Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
Gloo Istio distributionsGloo Istio is a hardened Istio enterprise image to maintain
n-4support for CVEs and other security fixes longer than the community Istio, which provides
n-1support with an additional 6 weeks of extended time to upgrade the
n-1. Based on a cadence of 1 release every 3 months, Gloo Mesh's n-4 support provides an extra 9 months to run the hardened Istio version of your choice, compared to an open source strategy that also lacks enterprise support. Note that all backported functionality is available in the upstream community Istio, as there are no proprietary features or forked capabilities from community Istio.
The following image provides an overview of how Solo engineers harden the base Istio image release.
Solo provides two main distributions for Gloo Istio as follows.
- Standard: An enterprise distribution of the community Istio project with additional security patches.
- Solo: An enterprise distribution of the community Istio project with additional security patches, as well as certain Envoy filters to enable Gloo Gateway features. You must use the
soloimage to use these features. Both the standard and
solodistributions of Gloo Istio come in the following optional varieties.
- FIPS: An image that is tagged with
fipscomplies with NIST FIPS, for use cases that require federal information processing capabilities.
- Distroless: An image that is tagged with
distrolessis a slimmed down distribution with the minimum set of binary dependencies to run the image, for enhanced performance and security. Note that if your app relies on package management, shell, or other operating system tools such as
bash, you must find another way to install these dependencies. In addition, the standard distribution comes with the following varity.
- ARM: In Istio version 1.11.5 and later, an image that is tagged with
armis compatible with ARM64 architectures.
An image might be tagged to meet multiple use cases, such as
To use a version of Istio that is no longer supported by the community with Gloo Platform, you must install the Gloo Istio version. If the Istio version that you want to use is currently supported by the community, you can use either the community Istio or the Gloo Istio version. To review supported community versions, see the Istio documentation.
Download a specific image
You can download a particular image for Gloo Platform and Gloo Istio, such as for the following use cases.
- To download and transfer these images if your environment does not have public network access or cannot pull public images, for an air-gapped installation.
- To run an older Istio version that the community no longer supports while still receiving security patches.
- To use a custom build that aligns with compliance standards such as Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS).
Get the Gloo Platform version that you want to use
- Find the version tag in the changelog, such as 2.1.0.
- To download the package for the
gloo-mesh-mgmt-servercomponent that you deploy in your management clusters, append the
<version_tag>to the following URL.
- To download the package for the
gloo-mesh-agentcomponent that you deploy in your remote data plane clusters, append the
<version_tag>to the following URL.
- Optional: For FIPS-compliant images, open the
values.yamlfile in the downloaded package, search for the
imagesection, and append
-fipsto the tag, such as in the following example.
... glooMeshMgmtServer: image: pullPolicy: IfNotPresent registry: gcr.io/gloo-mesh repository: gloo-mesh-mgmt-server tag: 2.1.0-fips
- Optional: If you need to pull the images locally, such as for an air-gapped installation, you can use the information you retrieved from the
imagessection in the
values.yamlfile to pull the image. For example, you might use the following
docker pullcommand for a FIPS image. Repeat this step for each image that you want to build locally and push to a private repository.
docker pull gcr.io/gloo-mesh/gloo-mesh-mgmt-server:2.1.0-fips
- Use these packages when you install Gloo Platform.
Get the Gloo Istio version that you want to use
To download Gloo Istio images, you must be a registered user and log in to the Solo Support Center.
Open the Istio images built by Solo.io support article. When prompted, log in to the Support Center with your Solo account credentials.
Find the repo key for the Istio version that you want to use in the support article, such as the repo key for
Save the repo key that your account representative gave you as an environment variable.
Decide on the specific tag of Istio image, such as the
solo-fips-distroless, that you want for your environment. For more information, see Gloo Istio distributions.
Save the Istio version, including any specific tags, as an environment variable. The following example is for the latest patch version of the Gloo Istio FIPS image.
Pull the Istio images that you want to use with the repo key.
docker pull $REPO/pilot:$ISTIO_IMAGE docker pull $REPO/proxyv2:$ISTIO_IMAGE docker pull $REPO/operator:$ISTIO_IMAGE
Install Istio with these images. Istio provides several installation methods, such as using
istioctl, the Istio Operator, or Helm. When you install Istio, make sure to replace any images with the Gloo Platform images that you want to use. For more information, see the Istio documentation. For examples that set the
tagvalues in the Istio Operator to Gloo Istio, see one of the following installation guides.
After installing Istio, you can verify that the version is compatible with your Kubernetes environment by running
istioctl x precheck.
istioctl x precheck ✔ No issues found when checking the cluster. Istio is safe to install or upgrade! To get started, check out https://istio.io/latest/docs/setup/getting-started/
n-3 for Gloo Platform and
n-4 for Gloo Istio versions.
Typically, Gloo Platform releases a new minor version,
n, each quarter. When the new minor version is released, the previous
n-4 for Gloo Platform or
n-5 for Gloo Istio becomes unsupported. Make sure that you run a supported version for production environments, and keep that version upgraded to the latest patch version so that you have the latest security fixes. For more information, see Upgrading Gloo Platform.
||Yes||Latest||The latest stable version is the default version when you view the documentation. New features are typically not developed for the latest version, but the version is actively maintained for security patches, bugs, and documentation.|
|Yes||Stable||Supported versions up to
||No||Beta||Active feature development happens on the
|No||Unsupported||Versions that are
Open source packages in Gloo Platform
For specific versions of open sources packages that are bundled with Gloo Platform, see the entries in the Open Source Attribution topic. For more information on where these open source packages are retrieved from, see the go.mod documentation.
Help me choose which version to run
- Consider your container platform environment, particularly which cloud provider and version of Kubernetes that you want to run. Compare the version against the table of supported versions for Gloo Platform.
- Review the features that are available in a particular version of the software.
- Decide if you need to run a specific image, such as the FIPS version of Gloo Istio for FedRAMP compliance.
- Follow the Setup guides, modifying the steps to install the particular versions that you want to use.