Use Cases

Supercharge your Istio clusters with the leading API gateway.

With Kong Gateway and Istio's native integration we can expose Istio services at the edge and to other teams with a full lifecycle APIM solution.

    Expose Istio services

    Istio services

    By exposing services via Kong’s native Istio integration, we can expose APIs via a full lifecycle APIM solution ready to scale.

    Secure, monitor, expand usage

    Secure, control and expose Istio services via 100+ Kong plugins, publish them in the service catalog and developer portal, at the edge or internally.

    Increase Istio adoption

    Istio adoption

    By supercharging the Istio Gateway with Kong, we cover all the gaps when exposing services, making our teams more comfortable to adopt Istio.

    Case Study

    MS3 Selects Kong Mesh to Power its Next-Generation Integration Platform

    Yahoo! Japan - Looking Beyond the API Platform

    Verifone Trusts Kong for its Global, Omnichannel Payments Solution

    Papa John’s Accelerates Time to Market 3X with Kong


    “Our customers want to provide the best possible experience for their customers, and being agile and able to rapidly improve their software is critical to that,” said Aaron Weikle, CEO of MS3. With more of its businesses moving digital, MS3 needed a simple way to address cross-cutting concerns such as encryption, identity and tracing to accelerate the building of new cloud native applications using containers and Kubernetes.


    MS3 selected Kong Mesh to form the backbone of its new Enterprise Integration Platform. While other service meshes provided part of the solution with handling Kubernetes workloads, they fell short on their support for the virtual machines that form the bulk of MS3’s enterprise customers workloads.


    Being able to inject end-to-end security and tracing without introducing performance issues is huge for our customers. With Kong Mesh and Kong, we know that our customers will get a flexible, high-performance solution for all their needs, now and in the future.Aaron Weikle, CEO at MS3


    Innovation is at the core of Yahoo! Japan’s DNA. With its shift to microservices and an API-centric architecture, Yahoo! Japan needed more than just a gateway – it needed a true, high-performance platform built for centralizing and managing APIs across a modern architecture.


    “We moved rapidly towards microservices over the past few years, and we needed to centralize our APIs,” said Kanaderu Fukuda. With Kong as a single point for proxying and routing traffic across all its API endpoints, Yahoo! Japan was able to centralize authentication and authorization functionalities.


    With Kong, we knew that we would get something that would work perfectly with our technology today and set us up for where we want to go. Kong allows us to deploy on-premise, easily integrates with all the technologies we use across the company and gives us the flexibility we want to avoid vendor lock-in.Kanaderu Fukuda, Senior Manager at Yahoo! Japan


    Verifone needed to streamline a large-scale, complex global payments system without disrupting services for global customer and merchant base. This posed a challenge for the global architecture team at Verifone since ecommerce and physical payments are traditionally supported by completely different systems.


    Initially, the team at Verifone liked Kong because of its lightweight API gateway and the company’s focus on microservices. “As we learned more, Kong really stood out for being able to support lots of use cases.” said Hans van Leeuwen, Lead Architect at Verifone. “Kong’s flexible plugin architecture meant we could pick and choose the functionality we needed for each use case.”


    Since all regional payment systems were previously monoliths exposing APIs separately, the API gateway was a greenfield project for Verifone. "In moving to microservices, we knew we needed an API gateway."Hans van Leeuwen, Lead Architect at Verifone


    In the fast-evolving retail and restaurant marketplace, consumers are discovering and engaging with restaurants in a variety of formats and on a variety of devices. With integration to aggregators and other emerging channels representing a critical business opportunity for Papa John’s, refining the API strategy became a priority for the company’s technology team.


    Papa John’s chose Kong Enterprise as the service connectivity platform, including developer portal and integrations to CI/CD pipeline. Commerce Platform Team is at the center of the technology strategy for tapping into innovation wherever it resides, with integrations to various store, digital, and partner channels.


    As these integrations scaled up, the addition of a robust API Gateway solution like Kong to our technology stack was a no-brainer.Sarika Attal, Senior Director at Papa John’s

    Every Kong plugin now available on Istio

    Automatically collect metrics, traces, and logs for every service in theservices mesh without any code change in the applications.

    • 10+ AuthN/Z security plugins, including OIDC, OAuth and OPA.
    • 15+ traffic control plugins, like ACL, rate limiting and caching.
    • 10+ observability plugins, like Datadog, Splunk and ELK.
    • Request and response transformations, format converters.
    • Native Kafka, GraphQL, gRPC, HTTP and WS support.
    • Natively Multi-cluster and multi-cloud for every API.

    API developer portal, catalogs and analytics

    With Kong running as the ingress gateway for Istio, we can create developer portals for our APIs, monitor usage and detect anomalies in our traffic.

    • Fully customizable Developer Portal.
    • List Istio services in browsable service catalogs.
    • Pluggable developer onboarding with OIDC and more.
    • Visualize API usage across Istio services with Kong Vitals.

    Strong integration and partnership

    The full lifecycle API management features that Kong brings to every Istio cluster – a Gartner MQ leader – accelerates Istio adoption across the organization.

    • Shorter time to market for APIs and services deployed Istio.
    • Support for non-Istio workloads in addition to Istio’s.
    • Support for Kubernetes and VMs.
    • Enterprise support with SLAs, 24/7/365, worldwide.

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