Google, IBM, and Lyft on Wednesday announced the first public release of Istio, an open source project that provides a uniform way to connect, secure, manage and monitor microservices.

Istio adds traffic management to microservices and creates a basis for value-add capabilities like security, monitoring, routing, connectivity management and policy. It turns disparate microservices into an integrated service mesh by systemically injecting a proxy into the network paths among them.

The software is built using the Envoy proxy from Lyft, and gives visibility and control over traffic without requiring any changes to application code.

The current release is targeted at the Kubernetes environment, and the companies said they intend to add support for other environments such as virtual machines and Cloud Foundry in the coming months.