Gimbal is an ingress load balancing platform capable of routing traffic to multiple Kubernetes and OpenStack clusters. Built by Heptio in partnership with Actapio.
Gimbal is a layer-7 load balancing platform built on Contour, which is an Ingress controller for Kubernetes that works by deploying the Envoy proxy as a reverse proxy and load balancer. It provides a scalable, multi-team, and API-driven ingress tier capable of routing Internet traffic to multiple upstream Kubernetes clusters and to traditional infrastructure technologies such as OpenStack.
Gimbal was developed out of a joint effort between gimbal and Yahoo Japan Corporation's subsidiary, Actapio, to modernize Yahoo Japan’s infrastructure with Kubernetes, without affecting legacy investments in OpenStack.
Early releases of Gimbal can discover services that run on Kubernetes and OpenStack clusters, but support for additional platforms is expected in future releases.
Gimbal runs on Kubernetes version 1.9 or later, but is tested to provide service discovery for clusters running Kubernetes 1.7 or later, or OpenStack Mitaka.
Deployment of Gimbal is outlined in the deployment section, which includes quick start applications.
Documentation for all the Gimbal components can be found in the docs directory.
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