Presentation: The Service Mesh: It's About Traffic

Track: Software Defined Infrastructure: Kubernetes, Service Meshes, & Beyond

Location: Majestic Complex, 6th fl.

Duration: 1:40pm - 2:30pm

Day of week: Wednesday

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The "cloud native" ecosystem---largely centered around Kubernetes and microservice architectures---has taken the industry by storm. As teams rush into this brave new world, they quickly find that there's a need for a new set of instrumentation and tooling primitives. This can be overwhelmingly complex, and without a disciplined, incremental approach, these migrations can be doomed to fail.  

In 2016, we launched the Linkerd project, a service mesh hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, to give operators control over the traffic between their microservices. Since then, dozens of organizations have adopted Linkerd as a component of their cloud native architecture; and we've learned a ton about the pitfalls and pratfalls of adopting a service mesh.  

In this talk, we'll discuss:

  • How the service mesh feature set developed organically at early cloud native companies like Twitter
  • The lessons we've learned helping dozens of organizations get to production with Linkerd
  • How we've applied these lessons to tackle complexity with Linkerd

Speaker: Oliver Gould

Co-Founder & CTO @BuoyantIO

Oliver Gould is the creator of Linkerd and the CTO of Buoyant, where he leads open source development efforts. Prior to joining Buoyant, he was a staff infrastructure engineer at Twitter, where he was the technical lead of Observability, Traffic, and Configuration & Coordination teams.

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