Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

I'm a developer; should I care about a service mesh?

Neeraj Poddar (Aspen Mesh)
4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Next Architecture
Location: D135/136
Secondary topics:  Cloud Native

Who is this presentation for?

  • Beginner software developers and architects




A disruptive technology pattern like a service mesh is exciting, but it can also be confusing as it straddles various concerns and responsibilities ranging from SecOps to application developers.

Neeraj Poddar dissects service mesh capabilities using Istio as an example, focusing on the pieces you should care about, and explores how you can offload some of the logic traditionally baked into the applications—distributed tracing and telemetry, request retries and timeouts, mutual transport layer security (TLS) and end user validation, and service decomposition—into a common infrastructure layer. Neeraj then walks you through some of the questions you should be asking your platform team, such as if you need to update your applications to use service mesh and whether or not the sidecars will downgrade your application performance, as you adopt a service mesh environment.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of software development and microservices (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Learn to navigate the service mesh landscape and use the pieces you need to incorporate its capabilities into your next microservice application
  • Understand what conversations need to happen between application developers and platform owners in order to adopt a service mesh like Istio across your organization's boundaries with minimal surprises
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Neeraj Poddar

Aspen Mesh

Neeraj Poddar is the engineering lead at Aspen Mesh, where he’s building an enterprise service mesh and its hosted SaaS platform. He’s worked on various aspects of operating systems, networking, and distributed systems over the span of his career. He’s passionate about developing efficient and performant distributed applications. In his free time, you can find him playing racquetball and gaining back the calories spent playing by trying out new restaurants.

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Pooja Sawant |
03/07/2019 10:52am PST

Interesting topic. Definitely looking forward to hear more about it!

03/07/2019 1:18am PST

This session looks amazing!