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. Gloo packages all of the tooling that you need to develop, publish, and deploy Wasm extensions to meet your unique service mesh requirements.
With the Gloo CLI, you can initialize, build, and push proprietary Wasm filters. Choose your preferred programming language and
meshctl generates all the source code that you need to get started implementing custom mesh behavior. To publish your work, use the
push commands. These commands compile and publish your Wasm module and to
webassemblyhub.io or the OCI registry of your choice.
To add your new Wasm filter to the service mesh, all you need is a
WasmDeployment Kubernetes custom resource. 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.
|Benefit||Community Wasm plug-in||Gloo Wasm|
|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||✅||✅|
|Tight integration with WebAssembly Hub for easy discovery and sharing||❌||✅|
|CLI tooling to simplify building and pushing images||❌||✅|
|Deploy to just one management cluster for consistent configuration and easy management across clusters||❌||✅|
|Stabler offering under development longer||❌||✅|
|Support for Istio versions earlier than 1.12||❌||✅|
More resources for Wasm
Wasm PolicyAdd a Wasm filter to the Envoy sidecar proxy, for use cases such as customizing the endpoints and thresholds for your workloads.
Read articles about Solo's support for Wasm, including an overview of the Istio
WasmPlugin resource and introduction to WebAssembly Hub.