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Zone Ingress

To implement cross-zone communication when Kuma is deployed in a multi-zone mode, there is a new proxy type ZoneIngress. These proxies are not attached to any particular workload. Instead, they are bound to that particular zone. Zone Ingress can proxy the traffic between all meshes, so we need only one deployment in each zone.
All requests that are sent from one zone to another will be directed to the proper instance by the Zone Ingress.

Because ZoneIngress uses Service Name Indication (SNI) to route traffic, mTLS is required to do cross zone communication.

The ZoneIngress entity includes a few sections:

  • type: must be ZoneIngress.
  • name: this is the name of the Zone Ingress instance, and it must be unique for any given zone.
  • networking: contains networking parameters of the Zone Ingress
    • address: the address of the network interface Zone Ingress is listening on. Could be the address of either public or private network interface, but the latter must be used with a load balancer.
    • port: is a port that Zone Ingress is listening on default to 10001
    • advertisedAddress: an IP address or hostname which will be used to communicate with the Zone Ingress. Zone Ingress doesn’t listen on this address. If Zone Ingress is exposed using a load balancer, then the address of the load balancer should be used here. If Zone Ingress is listening on the public network interface, then the address of the public network interface should be used here.
    • advertisedPort: a port which will be used to communicate with the Zone Ingress. Zone Ingress doesn’t listen on this port.
    • admin: determines parameters related to Envoy Admin API
      • port: the port that Envoy Admin API will listen to
  • availableServices [auto-generated on Kuma CP] : the list of services that could be consumed through the Zone Ingress
  • zone [auto-generated on Kuma CP] : zone where Zone Ingress is running

Zone Ingress without advertisedAddress and advertisedPort is not taken into account when generating Envoy configuration, because they cannot be accessed by data plane proxies from other zones.

To install ZoneIngress in Kubernetes when doing kumactl install control-plane use the --ingress-enabled. If using helm add ingress.enabled: true to your values.yaml.

Kuma will set advertisedAddress and advertisedPort automatically by checking the Service associated with this Zone Ingress.

If the Service type is Load Balancer, Kuma will wait for public IP to be resolved. It may take a couple of minutes to receive public IP depending on the LB implementation of your Kubernetes provider. If the Service type is Node Port, Kuma will take an External IP of the first Node in the cluster and combine it with Node Port.

You can provide your own public address and port using the following annotations on the Ingress deployment:


A ZoneIngress deployment can be scaled horizontally. Many instances can have the same advertised address and advertised port because they can be put behind one load balancer.