Service Mesh - A new era for Microservices

Early Ages!

Era of Microservices

Microservices — Challenges

Developers requires a suitable solution to observe, orchestrate and secure these distributed services efficiently.

Microservices — Approaching challenges

  • Building reliability and security into the Microservices,
  • Rely on orchestration tools, such as Kubernetes, to improve reliability and observability.

Is there a way to push these complexities outside of the microservices themselves, keeping them clean with a primary focus on business functions?

Service Mesh — In a nutshell

Service Mesh — Architecture overview

Service Mesh — Logical planes

Data Plane:

Control Plane:

Service Mesh —Adoption

  • Observability: Service Mesh provides Layer 7 visibility, tracing requests targeting applications and making troubleshooting of Microservices consumable.
  • Security: Service mesh make possible encryption on east-west traffic, or traffic between services inside a cluster, through the usage of transparent mTLS.
  • Reliability: Helps ensuring the applications are continuing to perform well, with the service mesh’s built-in features, such as load balancing, retries and timeouts.
  • Management: Is one of the critical features required by customers

Service Mesh —Variants

  • Kuma [by Kong]: An OpenSource Service Mesh designed to increase the adoption of microservices.
  • Linkerd [by Buoyant]: Is maintained by CNCF and licenced as Apache v2. Is offering both of a Control and Data planes.
  • Envoy [by Lyft]: is a high-performance sidecar proxy which composes the Data Plane.
  • Istio, backed by technology powerhouses such as Google, Lyft and IBM, is offering only the Control plane but relies on Envoy high-performance sidecars.
  • Consul [by Hashicorp]: Offering both of Control and Data planes.

Service Mesh Interface

  • Traffic Policies: Examples are identity and transport encryption across services,
  • Traffic Telemetry: Capturing metrics like error rates and latencies,
  • Traffic Management: Shift and weight inter-services traffic.
Service Mesh Initiative — SMI

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Is a Cloud-Native enthusiast with 12 plus years of experience. He’s continuously immersing himself in the latest technology trends & projects.

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