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Ambassador Edge Stack quick start

Contents

1. Installation

We'll start by installing Ambassador Edge Stack into your cluster.

We recommend using Helm but there are other options below to choose from.

shell
# Add the Repo:
helm repo add datawire https://app.getambassador.io
helm repo update
# Create Namespace and Install:
kubectl create namespace ambassador && \
helm install --devel edge-stack --namespace ambassador datawire/edge-stack && \
kubectl -n ambassador wait --for condition=available --timeout=90s deploy -lproduct=aes

2. Routing traffic from the edge

Ambassador Edge Stack uses Kubernetes Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs) to declaratively define its desired state. The workflow you are going to build uses a simple demo app, a Listener CRD, and a Mapping CRD. The Listener CRD tells Ambassador Edge Stack what port to listen on, and the Mapping CRD tells Ambassador Edge Stack how to route incoming requests by host and URL path from the edge of your cluster to Kubernetes services.

  1. Start by creating a Listener resource for HTTP on port 8080:
shell
kubectl apply -f - <<EOF
---
apiVersion: getambassador.io/v3alpha1
kind: Listener
metadata:
name: edge-stack-listener-8080
namespace: ambassador
spec:
port: 8080
protocol: HTTP
securityModel: XFP
hostBinding:
namespace:
from: ALL
---
apiVersion: getambassador.io/v3alpha1
kind: Listener
metadata:
name: edge-stack-listener-8443
namespace: ambassador
spec:
port: 8443
protocol: HTTPS
securityModel: XFP
hostBinding:
namespace:
from: ALL
EOF
  1. Apply the YAML for the “Quote of the Moment" service.

    shell
    kubectl apply -f https://app.getambassador.io/yaml/v2-docs/latest/quickstart/qotm.yaml
  2. Copy the configuration below and save it to a file called quote-backend.yaml so that you can create a Mapping on your cluster. This Mapping tells Ambassador Edge Stack to route all traffic inbound to the /backend/ path to the quote Service.

    yaml
    ---
    apiVersion: getambassador.io/v3alpha1
    kind: Mapping
    metadata:
    name: quote-backend
    spec:
    hostname: "*"
    prefix: /backend/
    service: quote
  3. Apply the configuration to the cluster:

    shell
    kubectl apply -f quote-backend.yaml

    With our Mapping created, now we need to access it!

  4. Store the Ambassador Edge Stack load balancer IP address to a local environment variable. You will use this variable to test access to your service.

    shell
    export LB_ENDPOINT=$(kubectl -n ambassador get svc edge-stack \
    -o "go-template={{range .status.loadBalancer.ingress}}{{or .ip .hostname}}{{end}}")
  5. Test the configuration by accessing the service through the Ambassador Edge Stack load balancer:

    Terminal
    $ curl -Lki https://$LB_ENDPOINT/backend/
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    content-type: application/json
    date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:49:46 GMT
    content-length: 163
    x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
    server: envoy
    {
    "server": "serene-grapefruit-gjd4yodo",
    "quote": "The last sentence you read is often sensible nonsense.",
    "time": "2021-06-23T16:49:46.613322198Z"
    }

What's next?

Explore some of the popular tutorials on Ambassador Edge Stack:

  • Intro to Mappings: declaratively routes traffic from the edge of your cluster to a Kubernetes service
  • Host resource: configure a hostname and TLS options for your ingress.
  • Rate Limiting: create policies to control sustained traffic loads

Ambassador Edge Stack has a comprehensive range of features to support the requirements of any edge microservice.

To learn more about how Ambassador Edge Stack works, read the Ambassador Edge Stack Story.