Learn about the Istio Integration.

This page provides an overview of what you can do with the Istio integration. The documentation pages only for a limited number of integrations contain the setup steps and instructions. If you do not see the setup steps here, navigate to the Operations for Applications GUI. The detailed instructions for setting up and configuring all integrations, including the Istio integration are on the Setup tab of the integration.

  1. Log in to your Operations for Applications instance.
  2. Click Integrations on the toolbar, search for and click the Istio tile.
  3. Click the Setup tab and you will see the most recent and up-to-date instructions.

Istio Integration

Istio is an open platform-independent service mesh that provides traffic management, policy enforcement, and telemetry collection. Istio Control Plane itself, is a modern, cloud-native application. The Istio components, such as service discovery (Pilot), configuration (Galley), and certificate generation (Citadel) were all written and deployed as separate microservices. The need for these components to communicate securely and be observable, provided opportunities for Istio to “drink its own champagne”.

Click the Setup tab for instructions on:

  • Setting up your environment to send Istio metrics to Operations for Applications.
  • Setting up your environment to send Istio traces to Operations for Applications.

This integration uses Prometheus to scrape Istio mesh metrics and federate them, and the Kubernetes Metrics Collector to collect the federated metrics from Prometheus server and forward them to Operations for Applications. This integration also installs the dashboards. Here’s a preview of the Istio Data Plane and Control Plane dashboards:




Metric Name Description
istio.request.bytes.*.value This is a DISTRIBUTION which measures HTTP request body sizes. Statistics: bucket, p50, p75, p90, p95, p99, p999, count, sum.
istio.request.duration.milliseconds.*.value This is a DISTRIBUTION which measures the duration of requests. Statistics: bucket, p50, p75, p90, p95, p99, p999, count, sum.
istio.requests.total.value This is a COUNTER incremented for every request handled by an Istio proxy.
istio.response.bytes.*.value This is a DISTRIBUTION which measures HTTP response body sizes. Statistics: bucket, p50, p75, p90, p95, p99, p999, count, sum.
istio.tcp.sent.bytes.total.value This is a DISTRIBUTION which measures HTTP response body sizes.
istio.tcp.received.bytes.total.value This is a COUNTER which measures the size of total bytes received during request in case of a TCP connection.
istio.tcp.connections.opened.total.value This is a COUNTER incremented for every opened connection.
istio.tcp.connections.closed.total.value This is a COUNTER incremented for every closed connection.
pilot.services.value The total services known to pilot.
pilot.virt.services.value The total virtual services known to pilot.
istio.build.value Istio component build info.
pilot.xds.pushes.value Pilot build and send errors for LDS, RDS, CDS and EDS.
pilot.total.xds.rejects.value The total number of XDS responses from pilot rejected by proxy.
pilot.xds.cds.reject.value Pilot rejected CDS configs.
pilot.xds.eds.reject.value Pilot rejected EDS.
pilot.xds.lds.reject.value Pilot rejected LDS.
pilot.xds.rds.reject.value Pilot rejected RDS.
pilot.xds.write.timeout.value Pilot XDS response write timeouts.
pilot.xds.push.context.errors.value The number of errors (timeouts) initiating push context.
pilot.conflict.inbound.listener.value The number of conflicting inbound listeners.
pilot.total.xds.internal.errors.value The total number of internal XDS errors in pilot.
pilot.conflict.outbound.listener.http.over.current.tcp.value The number of conflicting wildcard HTTP listeners with current wildcard TCP listener.
pilot.conflict.outbound.listener.tcp.over.current.http.value The number of conflicting wildcard TCP listeners with current wildcard HTTP listener.
pilot.conflict.outbound.listener.tcp.over.current.tcp.value The number of conflicting TCP listeners with current TCP listener.
pilot.proxy.convergence.time.bucket.value Delay in seconds between config change and a proxy receiving all required configuration.
pilot.proxy.queue.time.bucket.value Time in seconds, a proxy is in the push queue before being dequeued.
process.cpu.seconds.total.value Total user and system CPU time spent in seconds.
process.resident.memory.bytes.value Resident memory size in bytes.
process.virtual.memory.bytes.value Virtual memory size in bytes.
galley.validation.http.error.value Resource validation HTTP serve errors.
galley.validation.failed.value Resource validation failed.
galley.validation.passed.value Resource is valid.
galley.validation.config.updates.value K8s webhook configuration updates.
galley.validation.config.update.error.value K8s webhook configuration update error.
galley.validation.config.load.value K8s webhook configuration update error.
galley.validation.config.load.error.value K8s webhook configuration (re)load error.
galley.validation.config.delete.error.value K8s webhook configuration delete error.
citadel.server.csr.count.value The number of CSRs received by Citadel server.
citadel.server.success.cert.issuance.count.value The number of certificates issuances that have succeeded.
citadel.server.csr.sign.error.count.value The number of errors occurred when signing the CSR.
go.goroutines.value Number of goroutines that currently exist.
go.memstats.alloc.bytes.value Number of bytes allocated and still in use.
go.memstats.heap.alloc.bytes.value Bytes allocated to the heap.
go.memstats.heap.inuse.bytes.value Number of bytes in the heap.
go.memstats.heap.sys.bytes.value Number of bytes used by the heap.
go.memstats.stack.inuse.bytes.value Number of bytes in use by the stack allocator.