Deploy Hybrid Data Plane using Legacy Helm Chart

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Warning

tyk-hybrid will be deprecated soon. Please use our new Helm Chart for Tyk Hybrid Data Plane at tyk-data-plane instead.

We recommend all users to migrate to the new Helm Chart. Please review the Configuration section of the new helm chart and cross-check with your existing configurations while planning for migration.

1. Add the Tyk official Helm repo tyk-helm to your local Helm repository

helm repo add tyk-helm https://helm.tyk.io/public/helm/charts/
helm repo update

The helm charts are also available on ArtifactHub.

2. Then create a new namespace that will be hosting the Tyk Gateways

kubectl create namespace tyk

3. Get the default values.yaml for configuration

Before proceeding with installation of the chart we need to set some custom values. First save the full original values.yaml to a local copy:

helm show values tyk-helm/tyk-hybrid > values.yaml

4. Configure Tyk Gateway and its connection to Tyk Cloud

You need to modify the following values in your custom values.yaml file:

  • gateway.rpc.apiKey - Tyk Dashboard API Access Credentials of the user created earlier
  • gateway.rpc.rpcKey - Organisation ID
  • gateway.rpc.connString - MDCB connection string
  • gateway.rpc.group_id(optional) - if you have multiple data plane (e.g. in different regions), specify the data plane group (string) to which the gateway you are deploying belong. The data planes in the same group share one Redis instance.
  • gateway.sharding.enabled and gateway.sharding.tags(optional) - you can enable sharding to selectively load APIs to specific gateways, using tags. By default, sharding is disabled and the gateway will load all APIs.

5. Configure the connection to Redis

You can connect the gateway to any Redis instance already deployed (as DBaaS or hosted in your private infrastructure).

In case you don’t have a Redis instance yet, here’s how to deploy Redis in Kubernetes using Bitnami Helm charts.

helm install tyk-redis bitnami/redis -n tyk --set image.tag=6.2.13

Follow the notes from the installation output to get connection details and password.

  Redis(TM) can be accessed on the following DNS names from within your cluster:

    tyk-redis-master.tyk.svc.cluster.local for read/write operations (port 6379)
    tyk-redis-replicas.tyk.svc.cluster.local for read-only operations (port 6379)

  export REDIS_PASSWORD=$(kubectl get secret --namespace tyk tyk-redis -o jsonpath="{.data.redis-password}" | base64 --decode)

You need to modify the following values in your custom values.yaml file:

  • redis.addrs: the name of the Redis instance including the port as set by Bitnami tyk-redis-master.tyk.svc.cluster.local:6379
  • redis.pass: password set in redis ($REDIS_PASSWORD). Alternatively, you can use –set flag to set it during helm installation. For example --set redis.pass=$REDIS_PASSWORD.

6. Install Hybrid data plane

Install the chart using the configured custom values file:

helm install tyk-hybrid tyk-helm/tyk-hybrid -f values.yaml -n tyk

You should see the prompt:

At this point, Tyk Hybrid is fully installed and should be accessible.

7. Check that the installation was successful

The hybrid data planes are not yet visible in Tyk Cloud (coming soon!). Here is how you can check that the deployment was successful.

Run this command in your terminal to check that all pods in the tyk namespace are running:

kubectl get pods -n tyk

Expected result:

NAME                                  READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
gateway-tyk-hybrid-54b6c498f6-2xjvx   1/1     Running   0          4m27s
tyk-redis-master-0                    1/1     Running   0          47m
tyk-redis-replicas-0                  1/1     Running   0          47m
tyk-redis-replicas-1                  1/1     Running   0          46m
tyk-redis-replicas-2                  1/1     Running   0          46m

Note: if you are using a Redis instance hosted somewhere else, then no Redis pods will appear here.

Run this command in your terminal to check that the services were correctly created:

kubectl get service -n tyk

Expected result:

NAME                     TYPE        CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)         AGE
gateway-svc-tyk-hybrid   NodePort    10.96.232.123    <none>        443:32668/TCP   44m
tyk-redis-headless       ClusterIP   None             <none>        6379/TCP        47m
tyk-redis-master         ClusterIP   10.109.203.244   <none>        6379/TCP        47m
tyk-redis-replicas       ClusterIP   10.98.206.202    <none>        6379/TCP        47m

Note: IP adresses might differ on your system.

Finally, from your terminal, send an HTTP call to the /hello endpoint of the gateway gateway-svc-tyk-hybrid:

Note: you may need to port forward if you’re testing on a local machine, e.g. kubectl port-forward service/gateway-svc-tyk-hybrid -n tyk 8080:443

curl http://hostname:8080/hello -i

Expected result:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2023 10:35:35 GMT
Content-Length: 234

{
  "status":"pass",
  "version":"4.3.3",
  "description":"Tyk GW",
  "details":{
    "redis": {"status":"pass","componentType":"datastore","time":"2023-03-15T11:39:10Z"},
    "rpc": {"status":"pass","componentType":"system","time":"2023-03-15T11:39:10Z"}}
}

Next steps

Now it is time to publish a new API Task 5 - Deploy your Cloud Data Plane and add your first API