Workshop: Service Mesh Kick-Starter with Istio and Linkerd2

Duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Day of week: Friday

Level: Beginner


Details to follow.

Service Meshes are fast becoming ubiquitous in cloud-native infrastructure. To the platform engineer, they provide simpler and more powerful operations. To the software engineer, they offer features around resiliency, security, and observability. But Service Meshes can be daunting; hard to use and poorly understood.

This hands-on workshop will kick-start your Service Mesh journey. We’ll get hands-on with both Istio and Linkerd2, using a simple example mircoservices app.

You’ll learn how to configure retires, backoffs and timeouts for traffic. We’ll explore the powerful observability features, enable mTLS for security between the services, and more!

In between the exercises, I’ll present context and theory for how Service Meshes work, so you have a full mental model of what’s going on under the hood, in order to continue your journey.

Speaker: Matt Turner

CTO @WaveNative

Matt is CTO at Native Wave, a consultancy that designs, builds, and manages cloud-native platforms using the best open source software. Native Wave works with the whole business to re-architect and refactor applications to get the most from modern cloud technologies. Matt has been doing Dev, sometimes with added Ops, for over a decade. His idea of "full-stack" is Linux, Kubernetes, and now Istio too. He's given many talks and workshops on Kubernetes and Istio, and is co-organiser of the Istio London meetup. He tweets @mt165 and blogs at

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