New HCP-Based Global Management Plane for Consul Now in Public Beta

The new global management plane for Consul is now available as a free public beta. Try it out to gain full visibility for both self-managed and HCP Consul clusters.

At HashiConf Global 2022, we introduced a technical preview for a new management plane service on the HashiCorp Cloud Platform (HCP) for Consul to provide global visibility and control for both self-managed and HashiCorp-managed Consul clusters. We are excited to announce that the HCP Consul management plane is now available to try for free in a public beta.

Consul operators will see tremendous benefits from using HCP as a management plane:

  • Get started quickly on your first use case for Kubernetes: Bootstrap new self-hosted Kubernetes clusters quickly with a secure Consul configuration. Bootstrapping is currently limited to new Kubernetes clusters.
  • View health status of all Consul clusters: View self-managed and HashiCorp-managed cluster health in a single management plane.
  • Discover all services registered with the Consul clusters: In a centralized view, see all discovered and registered services across self-managed and HashiCorp-managed clusters, and access the Consul UI securely from the management plane.

»Key Features of HCP Consul Global Management Plane

The public beta is available for everyone with an HCP account and will initially focus on two key features: global service catalog search and version labels.

»Search Option in Global Service Catalog

With a global service catalog, users see a single view of all the discovered and registered services across all Consul clusters, regardless of where the servers are hosted. Application development teams can discover and reuse services developed by other teams, which furthers the common platform engineering goal of creating a paved path for dev teams.

Services page in Consul management plane

»Version Labels

With the new version labels, users can quickly determine whether their deployed Consul clusters are within the Consul version support policy and update their clusters if needed. For HashiCorp-managed clusters, the UI also provides a single-click option to update the clusters. Users can also use the HashiCorp Terraform workflow to update their clusters.

Consul management plane

»Next Steps

You can try the new HCP Consul management plane now at no cost and connect either your self-managed or HashiCorp-managed Consul clusters. In addition, if you want to try HCP Consul, HashiCorp offers a $50 credit so you can get up and running for free. For more information, please visit the HCP Consul documentation.

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