Why Is Istio That Shape?


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Services Meshes are growing in relevance and adoption, as you can see from all the intro talks out there. But how do you build one of these things? Part network, part service discovery system, part logging adaptor, and 100% distributed system, it’s not easy. So why is the most popular service mesh, Istio, the shape it is?

We’ll see how the design fits the traditional three-tier model better than you think. We’ll explore how components that look like single points of failure actually increase resiliency. How the HA design also increases cache hit rates. How all control-plane communications are designed to be idempotent, batch-able, and have fine control over their payloads’ caching.

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