Engineering the Future of Software
Feb 3–4, 2019: Training
Feb 4–6, 2019: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Gaining agility, control, and insight with Istio (sponsored by IBM)

Tamar Eilam (IBM Research)
2:15pm–3:05pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Location: Beekman
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of containers, microservices, and Istio

What you'll learn

  • Explore the Istio microservice mesh
  • Learn how to use it along with other ecosystem projects to gain visibility, control, and insight when developing software as a service


Istio, pioneered by IBM and Google, is an open source project for securely connecting and managing networked polyglot microservices. One of its main capabilities is smart routing, performed based on the content of the request, enabling you to split traffic across multiple versions of a microservice. Another key capability is telemetric collection, enabling out of the box collection of data including distributed tracing. These capabilities empower developers with visibility, control, and insight.

Tamar Eilam demonstrates how to use Istio to continuously deliver software as a service with confidence and reduced risk—particularly by performing A/B and canary testing to gain insight and control. Tamar offers an overview of Iter8, an ecosystem tool developed by IBM that leverages Istio APIs to perform comparative analytics that can be used for canary, A/B testing, and troubleshooting—helping detect and eliminate problems early on. Along the way, she shares lessons learned while engaging with teams developing services in the cloud using Iter8.

This session is sponsored by IBM.

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Tamar Eilam

IBM Research

Tamar Eilam is an IBM Fellow at the IBM Watson Research Center, where she leads R&D and technical strategy in the area of cloud native. Her current focus is the new cloud stack, including Kubernetes and Istio—especially how it can be leveraged for cloud-native programming with increased productivity and reduced risk.