Use Cases

Turn connectivity into
electricity with Kong Mesh

Provide modern service mesh infrastructure to every application team, that is always available, always reliable and runs everywhere. Just like electricity.

    Eliminate downtime & reduce costs

    Reliable L4 and L7 connectivity across every team, that is composable, reliable, secure and observable out of the box.

    Unify heterogeneous services

    Support Kubernetes and VMs, across multi-cloud and regions for teams at any stage in their journey to microservices.

    Accelerate time-to-market

    Focus on developing what matters: micro-services, APIs and our products. Modern connectivity is baked in.

    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

    Deploy multi-cluster service meshes

    With Kong Mesh, support for a distributed service mesh across multiple zones, including Kubernetes clusters and virtual machines, is native and automatic:

    • Native multi-zone, multi-cluster, multi-cloud
    • Built-in policy propagation and reconciliation
    • Multi-mesh support for every team
    • AWS Fargate, AWS ECS, Windows compatible
    • OpenShift, AKS, EKS, GKE and more

    1-Click identity, TLS management and OPA

    With Kong Mesh, we can setup modern infrastructure that is automatically secure and easy to use, to prevent modern threats to our applications:

    • Zero-trust security, identity and encryption in one click
    • Automated certificate rotation and expiration
    • Bundled OPA support with no additional sidecar
    • Integration with Hashicorp Vault
    • Traffic permissions by attributes and geography

    Maximize observability and debugging

    The more decoupled and distributed applications become, the more important it is to capture metrics and traces to always identify when and where problems happen, and fix them fast:

    • 70+ observability charts out of the box
    • Service topology map
    • Native tracing via Zipkin, Jaeger or Datadog
    • Logging and metrics collection to any 3rd party

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