We’re excited to announce the launch of our first self-managed version of Aspen Mesh, designed for deployment to your infrastructure within any cloud or on-premises. With Aspen Mesh 1.2.5-am1 you get the advanced functionality, the rich dashboard, and the expert support you’re used to from Aspen Mesh, all built on the open source power of Istio 1.2.5.
With this release, we’re making it easy for enterprises with self-hosted environments to get all the benefits of Aspen Mesh. This means you can now use your existing Prometheus, Grafana and Jaeger with Aspen Mesh and we no longer require customers to send data out of their clusters. We’re deprecating prior versions of Aspen Mesh that include these hosted elements. All Aspen Mesh customers will need to upgrade to Aspen Mesh 1.2.5-am1 before October 17, 2019.
If you’d like any help with this upgrade, reach out your account rep or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why the change?
We first started building Aspen Mesh in the summer of 2017, launching the first version built on Istio 0.2.4. Since then, we’ve focused on helping enterprises harness the power of service mesh by delivering an integrated solution that provided the core elements of Istio along with a hosted solution for Prometheus, Grafana, and Jaeger.
What we’ve found is that while enterprises are looking to work with someone like Aspen Mesh to better harness the power of service mesh, they usually have existing installations of Prometheus, Grafana, and Jaeger and don’t want or need a hosted, integrated, supported solution. And customers who wanted to get started with basic insights right away had to conduct security audits before they could send us service metrics and trace headers.
Installing Aspen Mesh in your environment
With those obstacles out of the way, it’s now much easier to get started using Aspen Mesh in your environment. All you need is a Kubernetes cluster that has Prometheus and Helm/Tiller and you’re ready to go. Follow the detailed instructions in our Getting Started Guide and reach out to us on email@example.com if you have any questions. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now so you can view our releases and documentation.
We’re heads down working on our next set of features that will help enterprises better take advantage of the rich telemetry available in the mesh and better harness the power of mesh policy at scale within their organizations. Keep an eye on this space for more.