Chaos Testing your Microservices with Istio

Chaos Testing is a practice to intentionally introduce failures in your system to test the resiliency and recovery of your microservices architecture. The Mean Time to Recovery(MTTR) needs to be minimized in the current modern day architectures. Hence it is beneficial to validate different failure scenarios ahead of time and take necessary action items to stabilize the system and make it more resilient.

Retry Design Pattern with Istio

Retry Design Pattern states that you can retry a connection automatically which has failed earlier due to a network exception. Istio provides a transparent approach of handling application retires in case of such intermittent network errors.

Resilient Microservices with Istio Circuit Breaker

Circuit Breaker is a design pattern to create resilient microservices by limiting the impact of service failures and latencies. One of the primary goals of the Circuit Breaker pattern is to handle failures gracefully so that no cascading failures occur. In a Microservice landscape, failing fast is critical. Circuit Breaker does a great job in protecting the service from a heavy load.

Istio Circuit Breaker with Outlier Detection

Outlier Detection is an Istio Resiliency strategy to detect unusual host behavior and evict the unhealthy hosts from the set of load balanced healthy hosts inside a cluster. It automatically tracks the status of each individual host and checks metrics like consecutive errors and latency associated with service calls. If it finds outliers, it will automatically evict them.