How to use Kong on Kubernetes

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Kong is an open source, cloud native API platform that fits gracefully into the Kubernetes ecosystem. It is built on an established, low latency, open source proxy and can be deployed as a gateway to manage Ingress traffic, a service mesh to connect microservices, or both. Kong itself can be configured entirely using Kubernetes Custom Resources with the Kubernetes Ingress controller.

Kong's plugin architecture allows you to specify functionality (load balancing, authentication, rate limiting, etc.) for each route and service, only incurring latency for the functionality you need. Plugins are available for Prometheus, Zipkin and other cloud native technologies. Marco Palladino will discuss Ingress and mesh deployment patterns, and demonstrate how Kong and Kubernetes work together to control north-south and east-west traffic.

Marco Palladino is the co-founder and CTO of Kong. In addition to being a core maintainer, he is currently responsible for the design and delivery of Kong’s products, while also providing technical thought leadership around APIs and microservices. He was also the co-founder of Mashape, which started in 2010 and sold in 2017 as the largest API marketplace in the world.