What is AWS App Mesh?

AWS App Mesh is a service provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that facilitates the deployment and operation of microservices applications. It helps to monitor, manage, and control communication between different services within a microservices architecture.

Key features of AWS App Mesh include:

  1. Service Mesh: AWS App Mesh creates a service mesh, which is a dedicated infrastructure layer for handling communication between services in a microservices application. This allows for better visibility, control, and resilience in the communication between microservices.
  2. Traffic Management: App Mesh provides capabilities for traffic shaping, such as controlling the flow of traffic between services, implementing retries, and managing timeouts. This helps in improving the reliability and performance of microservices-based applications.
  3. Observability: It offers features like distributed tracing, monitoring, and logging to provide insights into the behavior and performance of microservices. This is crucial for identifying and troubleshooting issues within the application.
  4. Security: AWS App Mesh enhances security by enabling mTLS (mutual Transport Layer Security) encryption for communication between services. This ensures that data in transit is secured.
  5. Compatibility: App Mesh is designed to be compatible with both containerized and non-containerized applications. It can be integrated with services like Amazon ECS (Elastic Container Service), Amazon EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service), and self-managed Kubernetes clusters.
  6. Integration with AWS Services: App Mesh integrates with other AWS services, allowing users to utilize features like AWS CloudMap for service discovery, AWS X-Ray for distributed tracing, and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) for access control.