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Consul Release Highlights

Consul 1.8 Release Highlights

Below are resources and Learn guides for Consul 1.8.

»Watch the release hightlights webinar

Review our webinar for an overview of the latest features in Consul 1.8. This webinar also includes a technical deep-dive demo.

»WAN federation with Mesh gateways: secure cross-datacenter service communication

You can secure service-to-service communication across multiple Consul datacenters with Consul's mesh gateway feature. Mesh gateways enable you to secure cross-datacenter communication with mTLS. Mesh gateways were introduced in Consul 1.6, however, they now have the additonal capablity of securing WAN gossip communication across federated Consul datacenters.

Get hands-on experience with the Secure and Route Service Mesh Communication Across Kubernetes Clusters guide.

»Terminating gateways: connect services outside the service mesh to service in the mesh

Terminating gateways enable connections from services in the Consul service mesh to services outside the mesh. These gateways effectively act as Connect egress proxies that can represent more than one service. They terminate Connect mTLS connections, enforce intentions, and forward requests to the appropriate destination.

Get more info with the Understand Terminating Gateways guilde.

»Ingress gateways: allow outside traffic to access services in the service mesh

Ingress gateways enable ingress traffic from services outside the Consul service mesh to access services inside the Consul service mesh. An ingress gateway is a type of proxy and must be registered as a service in Consul. They are an entrypoint for outside traffic and allow you to define what services are exposed and on which port.

»Single sign-on: secure login for the Consul UI

Consul Enterprise includes single sign-on (SSO) which enables you to delegate identity authentication to browser-enabled OIDC providers. This allows users to self-serve ACL tokens to manage groups of services, namespaces, KV, and centralized configuration.

»Audit logging: review system changes

Consul Enterprise includes audit logging which enables you to create a detailed record of events for all operations taken in the system. These events contain a timestamp, the operation performed, and the user who initiated the action.

»Download Consul 1.8

To get started, download the Consul 1.8 binary.