Istio-proxy release independent of istio control plane (pilot, mixer etc.)

From what I can tell, istio-proxy releases are tied to the release of the control plane components.

What are our options if we want to pickup an envoy update/proxy update sooner rather than later.

Do you plan to decouple proxy releases from control plane releases ? If not, what are our options ?


IMO it’s very important that the an older proxy sidecar should work with a newer control plane. We can’t force every pod to restart at the same moment when the control plane is upgraded.

I meant the source code release and not runtime deployment. For Eg. currently both istio proxy and control plane are versioned together.