Istio simplifies the development of secure microservices-based applications by relieving developers from dealing with problems that are common to all cloud applications, such as metric collection (observability), traffic management, and resiliency to failures. On top of these basic mechanisms and capabilities, novel tools could be created to get richer insights into the overall application behavior and health and to proactively guarantee optimal failure handling given SLAs, frequent code changes, and flaky cloud infrastructures. Fabio Oliveira covers some of the aforementioned Istio mechanisms, corresponding open source integrations, and ways in which they can be explored for helping application developers and operators.
Fabio Oliveira is a research scientist and manager at IBM Research, where he has been working on several projects related to cloud computing and microservices. More recently, he has been interested in deriving meaningful insights from large volumes of metrics and monitoring data generated by the cloud infrastructure and the service mesh. When not working, chances are that he is running.
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