Calisti includes the following main components:
Service Mesh Manager is a multi and hybrid-cloud enabled service mesh platform for constructing modern applications. Built on Kubernetes and our Istio distribution, Service Mesh Manager enables flexibility, portability and consistency across on-premise datacenters and cloud environments.
Cisco Streaming Data Manager (Streaming Data Manager) is the deployment tool for setting up and operating production-ready Apache Kafka clusters on Kubernetes, leveraging a Cloud Native technology stack. Streaming Data Manager includes Zookeeper, Koperator, Envoy, and many other components hosted in a managed service mesh. All components are automatically installed, configured, and managed in order to operate a production-ready Kafka cluster on Kubernetes.
Service Mesh Manager
Service Mesh Manager helps you to confidently scale your microservices over single- and multi-cluster environments and to make daily operational routines standardized and more efficient. The componentization and scaling of modern applications inevitably leads to a number of optimization and management issues:
- How do you spot bottlenecks? Are all components functioning correctly?
- How are connections between components secured?
- How does one reliably upgrade service components?
Service Mesh Manager helps you accomplish these tasks and many others in a simple and scalable way, by leveraging the Istio service mesh and building many automations around it. Our tag-line for the product captures this succinctly:
Service Mesh Manager operationalizes the service mesh to bring deep observability, convenient management, and policy-based security to modern container-based applications.
Streaming Data Manager
Cisco Streaming Data Manager is specifically built to run and manage Apache Kafka on Kubernetes. Other solutions use Kubernetes StatefulSets to run Apache Kafka, but this approach is not really suitable for Apache Kafka. Streaming Data Manager is based on simple Kubernetes resources (Pods, ConfigMaps, and PersistentVolumeClaims), allowing a much more flexible approach that makes possible to:
- Modify the configuration of unique Brokers: you can configure every Broker individually.
- Remove specific Brokers from clusters.
- Use multiple Persistent Volumes for each Broker.
- Do rolling upgrades without data loss or service disruption.