Multicluster Helidon Sock Shop

Implementation of the Sock Shop Microservices Demo Application deployed to a multicluster environment.

This example application provides a Helidon implementation of the Sock Shop Microservices Demo Application. It uses OAM resources to define the application deployment in a multicluster environment.

Before you begin

  • Set up a multicluster Verrazzano environment following the installation instructions.
  • The example assumes that there is a managed cluster named managed1 associated with the multicluster environment. If your environment does not have a cluster of that name, then you should edit the deployment files and change the cluster name listed in the placement section.

Set up the following environment variables to point to the kubeconfig file for the admin and managed clusters.

$ export KUBECONFIG_ADMIN=/path/to/your/adminclusterkubeconfig
$ export KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1=/path/to/your/managedclusterkubeconfig

NOTE: The Sock Shop application deployment files are contained in the Verrazzano project located at <VERRAZZANO_HOME>/examples/multicluster/sockshop, where <VERRAZZANO_HOME> is the root of the Verrazzano project.

Deploy the application

  1. Create a namespace for the Sock Shop application by deploying the Verrazzano project.

    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_ADMIN apply \
  2. Apply the Sock Shop OAM resources to deploy the application.

    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_ADMIN apply \
    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_ADMIN apply \
  3. Wait for the Sock Shop application to be ready. It may take a few minutes for the pod resources to start appearing on the managed cluster.

    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 wait \
        --for=condition=Ready pods \
        --all -n mc-sockshop \

Explore the application

The Sock Shop microservices application implements REST API endpoints including:

  • /catalogue - Returns the Sock Shop catalog. This endpoint accepts the GET HTTP request method.
  • /register - POST { "username":"xxx", "password":"***", "email":"", "firstName":"foo", "lastName":"coo" } to create a user. This endpoint accepts the POST HTTP request method.

NOTE: The following instructions assume that you are using a Kubernetes environment, such as OKE. Other environments or deployments may require alternative mechanisms for retrieving addresses, ports, and such.

Follow these steps to test the endpoints.

  1. Get the generated host name for the application.

    $ HOST=$(kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 get gateway \
          -n mc-sockshop \
          -o jsonpath={.items[0].spec.servers[0].hosts[0]})
    $ echo $HOST
    # Sample output
  2. Get the EXTERNAL_IP address of the istio-ingressgateway service.

    $ ADDRESS=$(kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 get service \
        -n istio-system istio-ingressgateway \
        -o jsonpath='{.status.loadBalancer.ingress[0].ip}')
    $ echo $ADDRESS
    # Sample output
  3. Access the Sock Shop example application.

    • Using the command line

      # Get catalogue
      $ curl -sk \
          -X GET \
          https://${HOST}/catalogue \
          --resolve ${HOST}:443:${ADDRESS}
      # Sample output
      [{"count":115,"description":"For all those leg lovers out there....", ...}]
      # Add a new user (replace values of username and password)
      $ curl -i \
          --header "Content-Type: application/json" --request POST \
          --data '{"username":"foo","password":"****","email":"","firstName":"foo","lastName":"foo"}' \
          -k https://${HOST}/register \
          --resolve ${HOST}:443:${ADDRESS}
      # Add an item to the user's cart
      $ curl -i \
          --header "Content-Type: application/json" --request POST \
          --data '{"itemId": "a0a4f044-b040-410d-8ead-4de0446aec7e","unitPrice": "7.99"}' \
          -k https://${HOST}/carts/{username}/items \
          --resolve ${HOST}:443:${ADDRESS}
      # Sample output
      # Get cart items
      $ curl -i \
          -k https://${HOST}/carts/{username}/items \
          --resolve ${HOST}:443:${ADDRESS}
      # Sample output

      If you are using, then you do not need to include --resolve.

    • Local testing with a browser

      Temporarily, modify the /etc/hosts file (on Mac or Linux) or c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file (on Windows 10), to add an entry mapping the host name to the ingress gateway’s EXTERNAL-IP address. For example:

      Then, you can access the application in a browser at

      • If you are using, then you can access the application in a browser using the HOST variable (for example, https://${HOST}/catalogue).
      • If you are going through a proxy, you may need to add * to the NO_PROXY list.
    • Using your own DNS name

      Point your own DNS name to the ingress gateway’s EXTERNAL-IP address.

      • In this case, you would need to edit the sock-shop-app.yaml file to use the appropriate value under the hosts section (such as yourhost.your.domain), before deploying the Sock Shop application.
      • Then, you can use a browser to access the application at https://<yourhost.your.domain>/catalogue.

Verify the deployed application

  1. Verify that the application configuration, components, workloads, and ingress trait all exist.

    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 get ApplicationConfiguration -n mc-sockshop
    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 get Component -n mc-sockshop
    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 get VerrazzanoCoherenceWorkload -n mc-sockshop
    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 get Coherence -n mc-sockshop
    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 get IngressTrait -n mc-sockshop
  2. Verify that the Sock Shop service pods are successfully created and transition to the READY state. Note that this may take a few minutes and that you may see some of the services terminate and restart.

     $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 get pods -n mc-sockshop
     # Sample output
     NAME             READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
     carts-coh-0      2/2     Running   0          38m
     catalog-coh-0    2/2     Running   0          38m
     orders-coh-0     2/2     Running   0          38m
     payment-coh-0    2/2     Running   0          38m
     shipping-coh-0   2/2     Running   0          38m
     users-coh-0      2/2     Running   0          38m
  3. A variety of endpoints are available to further explore the logs, metrics, and such, associated with the deployed Sock Shop application. You can access them according to the directions here.

Undeploy the application

Regardless of its location, to undeploy the application, delete the application resources and the project from the admin cluster. Undeploy affects all clusters in which the application is located.

  1. To undeploy the application, delete the Sock Shop OAM resources:

    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_ADMIN delete \
    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_ADMIN delete \
  2. Delete the project.

    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_ADMIN delete \
  3. Delete the namespace mc-sockshop after the application pods are terminated.

    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_ADMIN delete namespace mc-sockshop
    $ kubectl --kubeconfig $KUBECONFIG_MANAGED1 delete namespace mc-sockshop