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One of the most powerful capabilities provided by Kong Konnect API Cloud Platform is the support for Hybrid deployments. In other words, it implements distributed API Gateway Clusters with multiple instances running on several environments at the same time.
Moreover, Kong Enterprise provides a new topology option, named Hybrid Mode, with a total separation of the Control Plane (CP) and Data Plane (DP). That is, while the Control Plane is responsible for administration tasks, the Data Plane is exclusively used by API Consumers.
Read more about Hybrid deployment.
Kong Gateway Enterprise including modules and plugins that extend and enhance the functionality of the Kong Konnect platform.
Kong’s plug-in architecture and open-source core make the platform extensible for any use case. Kong accelerates moving mission-critical services to the AWS cloud by reducing disruption to the business during and after migration. Kong works and supports all AWS platforms including EC2/ASG, EKS, Lambda, ECS, etc.
Also, Kong enables AWS services integration to legacy on-premise systems that are not designed to handle cloud-volume requests like RDS, Aurora, ElastiCache, Elasticsearch, Cognito, etc.
At the same time, in order to support API Lifecycle processes, Kong provides tools to enhance existing CI/CD pipelines implemented with AWS DevOps services like AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodePipeline.
Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) has been one of the most used platforms to deploy Kong Konnect Enterprise API Gateway Cluster. As an example, here is a short presentation on how Kong can take advantage of ECS:
Amazon ECS Anywhere (ECS-A), an extension of Amazon ECS, will allow customers to deploy native Amazon ECS tasks in any environment. This will include the traditional AWS managed infrastructure, as well as customer-managed infrastructure, to implement real Hybrid deployments.
This post will explore how to use Amazon ECS-A and Kong Konnect Enterprise to implement a Distributed API Gateway.
Here’s a Reference Architecture of a Hybrid Kong Konnect Enterprise Cluster implemented in Elastic Container Anywhere (ECS-A)
Kong Konnect Enterprise and Amazon ECS-A make it easy to run services in Hybrid deployments across multiple platforms. You can learn more about products showcased in this blog through the official documentation: Amazon Elastic Container Services and Konnect Enterprise.
Feel free to apply and experiment your API policies like caching with AWS ElastiCache for Redis, log processing with AWS Elasticsearch Services, OIDC-based authentication with AWS Cognito, canary, GraphQL integration, and more with the extensive list of plugins provided by Kong Konnect.
This is the Part I of the Kong Konnect Enterprise and AWS ECS-A blog post series. Check back for Part II, including a detailed tutorial on how to deploy Konnect on ECS-A.
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