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GA: Istio-based service mesh add-on for Azure Kubernetes Service

Published date: February 28, 2024

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) addon for service mesh based on Istio is now generally available. Istio addresses the challenges developers and operators face with a distributed or microservices architecture and can be used to streamline traffic management, security, and observability for service-to-service communication scenarios.

The AKS addon for service mesh builds on top of open source Istio and provides additional benefits such as compatibility testing done between Istio with supported versions of AKS, minor/patch version upgrades, plugin Certificate Authority (CA), managed external/internal ingresses, and scaling of Istio control plane components.

To learn more about this addon and get started, visit:

To learn more about the roadmap for service mesh area, visit:

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features