The rise of containers and the rapid adoption of Kubernetes have paved the way for developers to run their infrastructure more effectively at scale, increasing efficiency and development velocity. At the same time, these technologies have enabled more businesses to adopt microservices architectures.
While container orchestration can be a key part of operating a global, distributed infrastructure, when monolithic applications get broken down to individual components, developers need new tools designed specifically to manage these services. That’s where Istio comes in. Launched just over a year ago in collaboration with Lyft and IBM, Istio is an open source service mesh for today’s hybrid, distributed applications. It offers visibility for monitoring and logs for services no matter where they reside, either on-premises or in the cloud. It also offers security by giving each service a strong identity based on its role, as well as enabling encryption by default. With these core functionalities in place, Istio is the basis to help enforce network security policies or control software rollouts.
Eric Brewer discusses the importance of Istio, its role in shaping the future of microservices management, and how the project works with Kubernetes. Join in to discover the practical benefits Istio offers developers and operations teams by decoupling the two processes to allow each group to focus on their core strengths.
Eric Brewer is a vice president of infrastructure at Google. He pioneered the use of clusters of commodity servers for internet services based on his research at Berkeley. His CAP theorem covers basic trade-offs required in the design of distributed systems and followed from his work on a wide variety of systems from live services to caching and distribution services and to sensor networks. He’s a member of the National Academy of Engineering and winner of the ACM Infosys Foundation award for his work on large-scale services. Eric was named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum and “most influential person on the architecture of the Internet” by InfoWorld.
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