What is Istio?
Istio is an open platform for providing a uniform way to integrate microservices, manage traffic flow across microservices, enforce policies and aggregate telemetry data. Istio's control plane provides an abstraction layer over the underlying cluster management platform, such as Kubernetes, Mesos, etc.
Istio is a tool in the Microservices Tools category of a tech stack.
Istio is an open source tool with 29.3K GitHub stars and 6K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Istio's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Istio?
142 companies reportedly use Istio in their tech stacks, including medium.com, Ruangguru, and Groww.
503 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Istio.
Docker, Kubernetes, Google Anthos, Ambassador, and Cilium are some of the popular tools that integrate with Istio. Here's a list of all 11 tools that integrate with Istio.
Pros of Istio
Zero code for logging and monitoring
Easy integration with Kubernetes and Docker
Powerful authorization mechanisms
Decisions about Istio
Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Istio in their tech stack.
As for the new support of service mesh pattern by Kong, I wonder how does it compare to Istio?
Istio Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Istio?
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linkerd is an out-of-process network stack for microservices. It functions as a transparent RPC proxy, handling everything needed to make inter-service RPC safe and sane--including load-balancing, service discovery, instrumentation, and routing.
Originally built at Lyft, Envoy is a high performance C++ distributed proxy designed for single services and applications, as well as a communication bus and “universal data plane” designed for large microservice “service mesh” architectures.
Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
Conduit is a lightweight open source service mesh designed for performance, power, and ease of use when running applications on Kubernetes. Conduit is incredibly fast, lightweight, fundamentally secure, and easy to get started with.
Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.