Applications that are deployed in an Alibaba Cloud Service Mesh (ASM) instance run in clusters. To use an ASM instance to manage applications, you must add a Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) cluster to the instance.



  1. Log on to the ASM console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Service Mesh > Mesh Management.
  3. On the Mesh Management page, find the ASM instance to which you want to add an ACK cluster and click the name of the ASM instance. Alternatively, click Manage in the Actions column of the ASM instance.
  4. In the Data Plane section, click the Cluster tab.
  5. On the Cluster tab, click Add.
  6. In the Add Cluster panel, select the cluster to be added to the ASM instance and click OK.
    • If you application runs in a single cluster or multiple clusters in a VPC, we recommend that you select Clusters in the Same VPC as the ASM Instance to filter clusters.
    • Make sure that the proxy container of the cluster to be added to the ASM instance can access Istio Pilot of the instance. If Istio Pilot of the instance does not allow Internet access, make sure that it can be accessed by the proxy container through the VPC.
  7. In the Note message, click OK.


After you add a cluster to the ASM instance, the status of the instance changes to Updating. Wait a few seconds and click Refresh in the upper-right corner. If the cluster is added to the instance, the status of the instance will become Running. The waiting duration may vary with the network speed. In the Data Plane section, you can view the information about the added cluster.