Version 2 of the Vector source/sink released

We’ve released a new major version (v2) of our vector source/sink components. This release resolves several issues and limitations we experienced with our previous (v1) TCP-based implementation of these two components:

  • vector sink does not work in k8s with dynamic IP addresses (#2070)
  • Allow for HTTP in the vector source and sinks (#5124)
  • Allow Vector Source and Sink to Communicate over GRPC (#6646)
  • RFC 5843 - Encoding/Decoding for Vector to Vector Communication (#6032)

The new version transitions to using gRPC over HTTP as its communication protocol, which resolves those limitations.

To allow operators to transition at their leisure, this new release of Vector still defaults to v1. In the next release (0.17.0) we’ll require operators to explicitly state which version they want to use, but continue to support v1. The release after that (0.18.0) we’ll drop v1 completely, and default to v2, we also no longer require you to explicitly set the version since there will only be one supported going forward.

If you want to opt in to the new (stable!) v2 version, you can do so as follows:

[sinks.vector]
  type = "vector"
+ version = "2"

[sources.vector]
  type = "vector"
+ version = "2"

There are a couple of things to be aware of:

Upgrade both the source and sink

You have to upgrade both the source and sink to v2, or none at all, you cannot update one without updating the other. Doing so will result in a loss of events.

Zero-downtime deployment

If you want to do a zero-downtime upgrade to v2, you’ll have to introduce the new source/sink versions next to the existing versions, before removing the existing one.

First, deploy the configuration that defines the source:

  [sources.vector]
    address = "0.0.0.0:9000"
    type = "vector"
+   version = "1"

+ [sources.vector]
+   address = "0.0.0.0:5000"
+   type = "vector"
+   version = "2"

Then, deploy the sink configuration, switching it over to the new version:

  [sinks.vector]
-   address = "127.0.1.2:9000"
+   address = "127.0.1.2:5000"
    type = "vector"
+   version = "2"

Once the sink is deployed, you can do another deploy of the source, removing the old version:

- [sources.vector]
-   address = "0.0.0.0:9000"
-   type = "vector"
-   version = "1"
-
  [sources.vector]
    address = "0.0.0.0:5000"
    type = "vector"
    version = "2"

That’s it! You are now using the new transport protocol for Vector-to-Vector communication.