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Istio Cni Add-on

Istio is an open platform for providing a uniform way to integrate microservices, manage traffic flow across microservices, enforce policies and aggregate telemetry data. The Istio CNI plugin performs the Istio mesh pod traffic redirection in the Kubernetes pod lifecycle’s network setup phase, thereby removing the requirement for the NET_ADMIN and NET_RAW capabilities for users deploying pods into the Istio mesh. This addo-on does not replace the VpcCniAddOn which helps with native VPC networking with the Amazon VPC Container Network Interface (CNI).


  1. This add-on depends on Istio Base and istio Control Plane Add-ons for cluster-wide resources and CRDs.

Istio Base add-on and Istio Control Plane addon-on must be present in add-on array and must be in add-on array before the Istio Cni add-on for it to work, as shown in below example. Otherwise will run into error Assertion failed: Missing a dependency for IstioBaseAddOn.


Add the following as an add-on to your main.ts file to add Istio Control Plane to your cluster

import 'source-map-support/register';
import * as cdk from 'aws-cdk-lib';
import * as blueprints from '@aws-quickstart/eks-blueprints';

const app = new cdk.App();

const istioBase = new blueprints.addons.IstioBaseAddOn();
const istioControlPlane = new blueprints.addons.IstioControlPlaneAddOn()
const istioCni = new blueprints.addons.IstioCniAddOn()

const addOns: Array<blueprints.ClusterAddOn> = [ istioBase, istioControlPlane, istioCni ];

const blueprint = blueprints.EksBlueprint.builder()
  .build(app, 'my-stack-name');

Configuration Options

  • createNamespace: (boolean) If you want CDK to create the namespace for you
  • version: Version fo the Helm Chart to be used to install
  • values: Arbitrary values to pass to the chart. Refer to Helm Chart documentation for additional details
  • values.cni.chained is enabled by default which allows Istio CNI plugin to operate as a chained CNI plugin, and it is designed to be used with another CNI pluginenables. In-case values.cni.chained is disabled, VpcCniAddOn addon-on should be removed manually before disabling this option.


To validate that installation is successful run the following command:

$ kubectl get all -n istio-system
NAME                                  READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
pod/istio-cni-node-6w5fb              1/1     Running   0          4m25s
pod/istio-cni-node-nbwbn              1/1     Running   0          4m25s
pod/istiod-6c7b79d8cc-mwk4c           1/1     Running   0          4m43s

NAME                     TYPE           CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP                                                              PORT(S)                                      AGE
service/istiod           ClusterIP    <none>                                                                   15010/TCP,15012/TCP,443/TCP,15014/TCP        4m43s

NAME                            DESIRED   CURRENT   READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   NODE SELECTOR            AGE
daemonset.apps/istio-cni-node   2         2         2       2            2    4m25s

NAME                             READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
deployment.apps/istiod           1/1     1            1           4m43s

NAME                                        DESIRED   CURRENT   READY   AGE
replicaset.apps/istiod-6c7b79d8cc           1         1         1       4m43s

NAME                                                 REFERENCE                   TARGETS   MINPODS   MAXPODS   REPLICAS   AGE
horizontalpodautoscaler.autoscaling/istiod           Deployment/istiod           0%/80%    1         5         1          4m43s


  1. Installs Istio CNI plugin performs the Istio mesh pod traffic redirection in the Kubernetes pod lifecycle’s network setup.