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Rate limit service
Rate limiting is a powerful technique to improve the availability and resilience of your services. In Ambassador Edge Stack, each request can have one or more labels. These labels are exposed to a third-party service via a gRPC API. The third-party service can then rate limit requests based on the request labels.
RateLimitService is only applicable to Emissary-ingress,
and not Ambassador Edge Stack, as Ambassador Edge Stack includes a
built-in rate limit service.
See Attaching labels to requests for how to configure the labels that are attached to a request.
In Ambassador Edge Stack, each engineer (or team) can be assigned its own domain. A domain is a separate namespace for labels. By creating individual domains, each team can assign their own labels to a given request, and independently set the rate limits based on their own labels.
See Attaching labels to requests for how to labels under different domains.
External rate limit service
In order for Ambassador Edge Stack to rate limit, you need to implement a
RateLimitService, as defined in Envoy's
interface. If you do not have the time or resources to implement your own rate
limit service, Ambassador Edge Stack integrates a high-performance rate
Ambassador Edge Stack generates a gRPC request to the external rate limit service and provides a list of labels on which the rate limit service can base its decision to accept or reject the request:
If Ambassador Edge Stack cannot contact the rate limit service, it will allow the request to be processed as if there were no rate limit service configuration.
It is the external rate limit service's responsibility to determine whether rate
limiting should take place, depending on custom business logic. The rate limit
service must simply respond to the request with an
- If Envoy receives an
OKresponse from the rate limit service, then Ambassador Edge Stack allows the client request to resume being processed by the normal flow.
- If Envoy receives an
OVER_LIMITresponse, then Ambassador Edge Stack will return an HTTP 429 response to the client and will end the transaction flow, preventing the request from reaching the backing service.
The headers injected by the AuthService can also be passed to
the rate limit service since the
AuthService is invoked before the
Configuring the rate limit service
RateLimitService manifest configures Ambassador Edge Stack to use an
external service to check and enforce rate limits for incoming requests:
servicegives the URL of the rate limit service. If using a Kubernetes service, this should be the namespace-qualified DNS name of that service.
protocol_versionAllowed values are
protocol_versionwas used in previous versions of Ambassador Edge Stack to control the protocol used by the gRPC service to communicate with the
RateLimitService. Ambassador Edge Stack 3.x is running an updated version of Envoy that has dropped support for the
v2protocol, so starting in 3.x, if
protocol_versionis not specified, the default value of
v2will cause an error to be posted and a static response will be returned. Therefore, you must set it to
protocol_version: v3. If upgrading from a previous version, you will want to set it to
v3and ensure it is working before upgrading to Emissary-ingress 3.Y. The default value for
getambassador.io/v3alpha1CRD specifications to avoid making breaking changes outside of a CRD version change. Future versions of CRD's will deprecate it.
failure_mode_denyBy default, Envoy will fail open when unable to communicate with the service due to it becoming unvailable or due to timeouts. When this happens the upstream service that is being protected by a rate limit may be overloaded due to this behavior. When set to
trueEnvoy will be configured to return a
500status code when it is unable to communicate with the RateLimit service and will fail closed by rejecting request to the upstream service.
You may only use a single
Rate limit service and TLS
You can tell Ambassador Edge Stack to use TLS to talk to your service by
RateLimitService with an
https:// prefix. However, you may also
tls attribute: if
tls is present and
true, Ambassador Edge Stack will originate TLS even if the
service does not have the
tls is present with a value that is not
true, the value is assumed to be the name of a defined TLS context, which will determine the certificate presented to the upstream service.
The Emissary-ingress Rate Limiting Tutorial has a simple rate limiting example. For a more advanced example, read the advanced rate limiting tutorial, which uses the rate limit service that is integrated with Ambassador Edge Stack.