Service mesh for Kubernetes microservices

Mesh Design


A service mesh decouples microservices from the underlying TCP/IP network, freeing developers from low-level interservice traffic concerns and providing opportunities to increase security, resilience, control, and observability of a microservice application. Istio is a comprehensive open source service mesh that's easy to deploy in a new or established Kubernetes cluster. Although its full-feature set cannot be covered in a single article, I hope I've given you enough here to pique your interest and show you how to take the first steps toward discovering the benefits possible with Istio.


  1. Calcote, Lee. The Enterprise Path to Service Mesh Architectures . O'Reilly, 2018
  2. Linkerd 1.x:
  3. Linkerd 2.x:
  4. Istio project:
  5. Envoy proxy:
  6. Scalable wordpress deployment on Kubernetes:

The Author

Abe Sharp is technical operations manager for StarLeaf Inc. (Americas), which is a provider of cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration services.

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