»HCP Consul Usage Overview
HCP Consul simplifies the process of creating Consul servers. To get started with HCP Consul, you first need to:
- Create a Consul cluster.
- Connect the cluster to your infrastructure environment.
- Deploy either Consul clients or Consul dataplanes.
In HCP, a cluster is a set of Consul server agents that perform process-heavy functions, such as responding to queries and managing access control lists (ACLs). All clusters exist in your HashiCorp virtual network (HVN), which is the parent entity for Consul’s resources.
To learn how to create clusters with HCP Consul, refer to Create Clusters.
After you create a Consul server cluster, you need to connect your HVN to your infrastructure environment. You can establish a connection with a peering connection or a transit gateway attachment, depending on the environment. You must also specify routes, which direct network traffic between the HVN and a target connection.
To learn how to connect the cluster to your infrastructure environment, refer to:
The final step is to deploy either clients or dataplanes, which are necessary for discovering and connecting services. While servers are deployed in HCP and are fully managed by HashiCorp, Consul clients and Consul dataplanes are deployed to the infrastructure environment where your services are located. To learn more, refer to Deploy clients or Deploy dataplanes.
Tutorials: Complete one of the following tutorials for a hands-on experience deploying Consul clients: