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East-West aka svc-to-svc

East-West Usage

If you run Skipper with an East-West setup, you can use the configured ingress also to do service-to-service calls, bypassing your ingress loadbalancer and stay inside the cluster. It depends on the configuration, but the default is that you can connect via HTTP to <name>.<namespace>.skipper.cluster.local to your application based on the ingress configuration.


apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
kind: Ingress
  name: demo
  namespace: default
  - host:
      - backend:
          serviceName: example
          servicePort: 80

Your clients inside the cluster should call this example with demo.default.skipper.cluster.local in their host header. Example from inside a container:

curl http://demo.default.skipper.cluster.local/

Metrics will change, because skipper stores metrics per HTTP Host header, which changes with cluster internal calls from to demo.default.skipper.cluster.local.

You can use all features as defined in Ingress Usage, Filters, Predicates via annotations as before and also custom-routes.