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: Portland 255
Secondary topics:  Cloud Native

Who is this presentation for?

Software Developers/Architects Beginner



Prerequisite knowledge

Background on software development and microservices will be helpful but not mandatory.

What you'll learn

This presentation will help developers navigate the service mesh landscape and use the pieces they need in order to incorporate its capabilities into their next microservice application. It will also help in guiding the conversations between application developers and platform owners so that a service mesh like Istio can be successfully adopted across organization boundaries with minimal surprises.


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

This talk will dissect service mesh capabilities using Istio as an example and focus on the pieces that developers should care about and how they can offload some of the logic traditionally baked into the applications – distributed tracing and telemetry, request retries and timeouts, mutual TLS and end user validation, and service decomposition – into a common infrastructure layer. The session will also explore various questions developers should be asking their platform teams like “do I need to update my applications to use service mesh?” and “will the sidecars degrade my application performance?” as they adopt a service mesh in their environment.

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Neeraj Poddar

Aspen Mesh

Neeraj Poddar is the Platform Lead at Aspen Mesh. He has worked on various aspects of operating systems, networking and distributed systems over the span of his career. He is passionate about developing efficient and performant distributed applications. At Aspen Mesh, he is currently building an enterprise service mesh and their hosted SaaS platform. 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!