Observability and Traffic Management

API Gateway Use Case

Gloo Gateway’s rich observability features make it an excellent choice for monitoring and managing traffic flowing through the API Gateway. Gloo Gateway supports metrics collection, distributed tracing, and logging, providing visibility into the performance, latency, and errors of API requests. Integration with tools like Prometheus, Grafana, Jaeger, or Zipkin, organizations can gain insights into API usage patterns, identify performance bottlenecks, and troubleshoot issues effectively.

Traffic management with Gloo Gateway enables features such as rate limiting, request/response transformation, and fault injection, empowering organizations to control and optimize API traffic according to their business needs. This use case is essential for maintaining the reliability, performance, and scalability of APIs in dynamic and distributed environments.

Traditional Observability and Traffic Management

Traditional observability and traffic management in Kubernetes usually utilize native monitoring tools and ingress controllers. Kubernetes offers basic monitoring through tools like kube-state-metrics and metrics-server, collecting metrics on cluster resources and workload performance. These metrics can be used to understand Kubernetes cluster performance.

Ingress controllers, like nginx-ingress or Traefik, manage external traffic by routing it to cluster services, offering basic features like HTTP routing and SSL termination. However, they may lack advanced capabilities like distributed tracing and fine-grained traffic control found in Gloo Gateway, limiting visibility and hindering effective management and troubleshooting in complex setups.


Observability and Traffic Management with Gloo Gateway

Gloo Gateway serves as an advanced API gateway and ingress controller, offering strong observability with Prometheus integration for metrics and distributed tracing via Jaeger or Zipkin for comprehensive request flow visibility.

It also provides advanced traffic management, with flexible routing rules, support for complex load balancing algorithms, and features like circuit breaking and retries. These capabilities empower users to effectively monitor, analyze, and manage network traffic, improving application reliability, performance, and scalability across Kubernetes clusters.

Gloo Gateway

Gloo Gateway is a lightweight, highly scalable and secure Kubernetes-native gateway with powerful API management.

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