Getting started

This document describes each stage of the Service Proxy for Kubernetes (SPK) integration process, and the command line interface (CLI) tools required to complete the integration. A careful review of this document ensures a positive experience.

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Integration tools

Install the CLI tools listed below on your Linux based workstation:

  • Helm CLI - Manages the SPK Pod and Custom Resource Defnitiion (CRD) installations.
  • OpenSSL toolkit - Creates SSL certificates to secure Pod communications.
  • Podman - Tags and pushes images to a local registry.

Integration stages

Integrating the SPK software images involves five essential stages to begin processing application traffic, and two optional stages to enable logging collection and session-state data persistence:

  1. SPK Software - Extract and install the SPK software images and Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs).
  2. SPK Secrets - Secure communication between the SPK Controller and Service Proxy TMM Pods.
  3. Fluentd Logging - Optional: Centralize logging data sent from each of the installed SPK Pods.
  4. OTEL Statistics - Optional: Collect and view statistics from the SPK Controller and TMM Pods.
  5. dSSM Database - Optional: Store session-state data for the Service Proxy TMM Pod.
  6. SPK CWC - Install the Cluster Wide Controller to enable gathering SPK software telemetry.
  7. SPK Licensing - License the cluster to enable flexible consumption software use.
  8. SPK Controller - Prepare the cluster to proxy and load balance application traffic.
  9. SPK CRs - Configure a Custom Resource (CR) to begin processing application traffic.

Next step

Continue to the SPK Software guide to extract and install the SPK software.

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