Products’s Istio Integration with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) Add-on Simplifies Microservices Management

We are thrilled to introduce’s Istio distribution for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) Add-on. This integration addresses common deployment hurdles, offering a simplified approach to service mesh that can be effortlessly deployed directly from the AWS EKS console. The solution promises to help platform teams reduce costs, reduce risks, and improve application agility.

Key Benefits of’s Istio with AWS EKS Add-on

  • Streamlined Deployment and Management: Simplify the setup and management of Istio via the EKS console, helping customers deploy a service mesh on AWS quickly and effortlessly.
  • Enhanced Microservices Security: Leverage Istio’s robust security features like mTLS (mutual Transport Layer Security) for service-to-service communication, managed within the secure EKS environment.
  • Compliance and Auditing: Utilize Istio’s policy enforcement and auditing capabilities to ensure microservices adhere to regulatory requirements and organizational policies, all within the compliant and secure AWS infrastructure.
  • Integration with AWS Native Services: Integrate’s distribution of Istio with AWS security and observability services, enhancing the capabilities of your microservice management while maintaining compliance and security.

“’s Istio integration with AWS EKS Add-on offers ease of deployment for customers looking into microservices management,” says Keith Babo, Director of Product Management at “We anticipate this partnership will assist developers and Kubernetes enthusiasts in navigating the microservices landscape more efficiently, freeing up their time for innovation.”

How to Get Started

Install with the AWS Console

You can install the Solo distribution of Istio by using the AWS EKS console. For complete EKS add-on instructions, see the AWS docs.

  1. Open the Amazon EKS console.
  2. From the cluster list, select your cluster.
  3. Click the Add-ons tab.
  4. Click Get more add-ons.
  5. Scroll down to the AWS Marketplace add-ons section. In the search box, enter solo to filter the results for the Istio Distribution add-on.

AWS marketplace add-ons

  1. Click the checkbox for the add-on, and then click Next.
  2. Select the version that you want to install, leave the other configuration options at the default values, and then click Next.

configure selected add-on settings

  1. Review the add-on details, and then click Create.

review and add

  1. From the cluster details page, click the Add-ons tab and verify that the status is Active. The installation might take a few minutes. If not, review the add-on status. Common issues include a lack of compute resources to run Istio, such as no nodes.

cluster info

The add-on starts to install the Solo distribution of Istio. Next, verify your installation. With the installation complete, now you can enjoy an elevated Kubernetes experience.

To learn more about’s Istio and AWS EKS Add-on integration and how it can elevate your Kubernetes experience, please view our technical documentation to get started.

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