Citrix ADC ingress controller

Ingress configurations

Kubernetes Ingress provides you a way to route requests to services based on the request host or path, centralizing a number of services into a single entry point.

Citrix ingress controller is built around the Kubernetes Ingress and automatically configures one or more Citrix ADC based on the Ingress resource configuration.

Host name based routing

The following sample Ingress definition demonstrates how to set up an Ingress to route the traffic based on the host name:

apiVersion: networking.k8s.io/v1
kind: Ingress
metadata:
  name: virtual-host-ingress
  namespace: default
spec:
  rules:
  - host: foo.bar.com
    http:
      paths:
      - backend:
          service:
            name: service1
            port:
              number: 80
        pathType: Prefix
        path: /
  - host: bar.foo.com
    http:
      paths:
      - backend:
          service:
            name: service2
            port:
              number: 80
        pathType: Prefix
        path: /
<!--NeedCopy-->

After the sample Ingress definition is deployed, all the HTTP request with a host header is load balanced by Citrix ADC to service1. And, the HTTP request with a host header is load balancer by Citrix ADC to service2.

Path based routing

The following sample Ingress definition demonstrates how to set up an Ingress to route the traffic based on URL path:

apiVersion: networking.k8s.io/v1
kind: Ingress
metadata:
  name: path-ingress
  namespace: default
spec:
  rules:
  - host: test.example.com
    http:
      paths:
      - backend:
          service:
            name: service1
            port:
              number: 80
        path: /foo
        pathType: Prefix
      - backend:
          service:
            name: service2
            port:
              number: 80
        path: /
        pathType: Prefix
<!--NeedCopy-->

After the sample Ingress definition is deployed, any HTTP requests with host test.example.com and URL path with prefix /foo, Citrix ADC routes the request to service1 and all other requests are routed to service2.

Citrix ingress controller follows first match policy to evaluate paths. For effective matching, Citrix ingress controller orders the paths based on descending order of the path’s length. It also orders the paths that belong to same hosts across multiple ingress resources.

Wildcard host routing

The following sample Ingress definition demonstrates how to set up an ingress with wildcard host.

apiVersion: networking.k8s.io/v1
kind: Ingress
metadata:
  name: wildcard-ingress
  namespace: default
spec:
  rules:
  - host: '*.example.com'
    http:
      paths:
      - backend:
          service:
            name: service1
            port:
              number: 80
        path: /
        pathType: Prefix
<!--NeedCopy-->

After the sample Ingress definition is deployed, HTTP requests to all the subdomains of example.com is routed to service1 by Citrix ADC.

Note:

Rules with non-wildcard hosts are given higher priority than wildcard hosts. Among different wildcard hosts, rules are ordered on the descending order of length of hosts.

Exact path matching

Ingresses belonging to networking.k8s.io/v1 APIversion can make use of PathType: Exact to consider the path for the exact match.

apiVersion: networking.k8s.io/v1
kind: Ingress
metadata:
  name: Path-exact-Ingress
  namespace: default
spec:
  rules:
  - host: test.example.com
    http:
      paths:
      - backend:
          service:
            name: service1
            port:
              name: 80
        path: /exact
        pathType: Exact
<!--NeedCopy-->

(Deprecated as of Kubernetes 1.22+) By default for Ingresses belonging to extension/v1beta1, paths are treated as Prefix expressions. Using the annotation ingress.citrix.com/path-match-method: "exact" in the ingress definition defines the Citrix ingress controller to consider the path for the exact match.

The following sample Ingress definition demonstrates how to set up Ingress for exact path matching:

apiVersion: extension/v1beta1
kind: Ingress
metadata:
  name: path-exact-ingress
  namespace: default
  annotations:
    ingress.citrix.com/path-match-method: "exact"
spec:
  rules:
  - host:test.example.com
    http:
      paths:
      - path: /exact
        backend:
          serviceName: service1
          servicePort: 80
<!--NeedCopy-->

After the sample Ingress definition is deployed, HTTP requests with path /exact is routed by Citrix ADC to service1 but not to /exact/somepath.

Non-Hostname routing

Following example shows path based routing for the default traffic that does not match any host based routes. This ingress rule applies to all inbound HTTP traffic through the specified IP address.

apiVersion: networking.k8s.io/v1
kind: Ingress
metadata:
  name: default-path-ingress
  namespace: default
spec:
  rules:
  - http:
      paths:
      - backend:
          service:
            name: service1
            port:
              number: 80
        path: /foo
        pathType: Prefix
      - backend:
          service:
            name: service2
            port:
              number: 80
        path: /
        pathType: Prefix
<!--NeedCopy-->

All incoming traffic that does not match the ingress rules with host name is matched here for the paths for routing.

Default back end

Default back end is a service that handles all traffic that is not matched against any of the Ingress rules.

apiVersion: networking.k8s.io/v1
kind: Ingress
metadata:
  name: default-ingress
  namespace: default
spec:
  defaultBackend:
    service:
      name: testsvc
      port:
        number: 80

<!--NeedCopy-->

Note:

A global default back end can be specified if Citrix ADC CPX is load balancing the traffic. You can create a default back end per frontend-ip:port combination in case of Citrix ADC VPX or MPX is the ingress device.

Ingress configurations