Engineering the Future of Software
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A service mesh is easy to swallow in small pieces (sponsored by Aspen Mesh)

Andrew Jenkins (Aspen Mesh)
2:15pm–3:05pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Location: Sutton North
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Platform engineers, ops leads, and those in infrastructure

What you'll learn

  • Explore Istio and learn how incremental adoption (i.e., not adding complexity where it isn't necessary) makes the implementation process much easier


You’re probably skeptical of the hype around service mesh technology. But the nice thing about Istio is that you don’t have to do it all at once. Incremental adoption allows you to only add it in places where the value exceeds the pain.

Andrew Jenkins explains the top things you should consider adding and shares some real-world experience with each.

Topics include:

  • Tracing: Install a service mesh at the front door to get L7 ingress control and traces. Then add it to your first service to get better traces.
  • mTLS: Add a second service to get mTLS. Achieve security by default and a zero-trust network.
  • Resiliency: Insert fault injection to develop a service mesh where scalability and reliability are ingrained and not something you frantically add at the last minute.

This session is sponsored by Aspen Mesh.

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Andrew Jenkins

Aspen Mesh

Andrew Jenkins is the senior architect at Aspen Mesh, where he’s building out an enterprise service mesh to help organizations take the burden out of managing microservices. A software and network architect for container environments like Kubernetes, Andrew has a history of technical leadership driving fast-moving teams toward tangible outcomes. His expertise includes software development in C++, JavaScript (Node.js), Python, C, Go, and Java. Andrew also has experience in software and hardware testing, FPGAs, and board design for space scientific instruments.

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Andrew Jenkins | ASPEN MESH
02/05/2019 10:54am EST

Thanks for coming – slides available