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July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Navigating the service mesh landscape with Istio, Consul Connect, and Linkerd

Christian Posta (solo.io)
11:00am11:40am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Secondary topics:  Cloud Native
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers, architects, and IT decision makers




Service mesh has hit the cloud native computing community like a storm, and we’re starting to see gradual adoption across the enterprise. There are a handful of open source service mesh implementations to choose from, including Istio, Consul Connect, and Linkerd.

Christian Posta details why and when you may want to use a service mesh versus when you may want to just stick with a library, Netflix OSS, or application approach. He digs into three popular open source service mesh implementations and explores their goals, strengths, and weaknesses. You’ll come away with a good foundation from which to explore service mesh technology and ask the right questions to get to the right answer for them.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with cloud native concepts, including microservices, CI/CD, resilience, and reliability

What you'll learn

  • Learn the core details about Istio, Consul Connect, and Linkerd
  • Know which questions to ask before deciding on an implementation
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Christian Posta


Christian Posta is field CTO at solo.io, where he helps companies create and deploy large-scale, resilient, distributed architectures—many of what we now call serverless and microservices. Previously, Christian spent time at web-scale companies. He’s well known in the community as an author—of Istio in Action (Manning) and Microservices for Java Developers (O’Reilly)—a frequent blogger, a speaker, an open source enthusiast, and a committer on various open source projects, including Istio and Kubernetes. He enjoys mentoring, training, and leading teams to be successful with distributed systems concepts, microservices, DevOps, and cloud native application design. You can find Christian on Twitter as @christianposta.