Anthos: Service Mesh

Advanced 6 Steps 6 hours 35 Credits

This intermediate-level quest is unique among Qwiklabs quests. These labs have been curated to give operators hands-on practice with Anthos—a new, open application modernization platform on GCP. Anthos enables you to build and manage modern hybrid applications. Tasks include: installing service mesh, collecting telemetry, and securing your microservices with service mesh policies. This quest is composed of labs targeted to teach you everything you need to know to introduce service mesh, and Anthos, into your next hybrid cloud project.

Infrastructure Application Development Business Transformation Security


Before enrolling in this Quest, learners should be comfortable with the material in the Google Kubernetes Engine Best Practices and Google Kubernetes Engine Best Practices: Security Quests.


  • Build and run an Istio service mesh on GKE.
  • Collect telemetry data using service mesh adapters.
  • Visualize service mesh metrics through graphing add-ons.
  • Manage microservice and application version traffic.
  • Create identity and access control policies to secure microservices.

Quest Outline

Hands-On Lab

Installing the Istio on GKE Add-On with Kubernetes Engine

Architecting Hybrid Infrastructure with Anthos: Install and review the Bookinfo sample application on a GKE cluster using the Istio on GKE Add-On.

Hands-On Lab

Installing Open Source Istio on Kubernetes Engine

In this lab you will install the open source Istio service mesh, and use it with the Bookinfo microservices application, all on a GKE cluster using open source Istio.

Hands-On Lab

Observing Services using Prometheus, Grafana, Jaeger, and Kiali

In this lab you will explore service mesh telemetry capabilities in Istio by reporting, tracing and visualizing the microservices in the Bookinfo application.

Hands-On Lab

Managing Traffic Routing with Istio and Envoy

In this lab you will learn about service mesh enabled traffic management use cases, and how to configure fine-grained traffic routing for microservices in the Bookinfo application.

Hands-On Lab

Managing Policies and Security with Istio and Citadel

In this lab you will learn about service mesh authentication, and authorization using Istio, and enable service-to-service authentication using the Hipster Shop microservices application.

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