Istio vs Kong: What are the differences?
What is Istio? Open platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices, by Google, IBM, and Lyft. 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.
What is Kong? Open Source Microservice & API Management Layer. 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.
Istio and Kong can be primarily classified as "Microservices" tools.
"Zero code for logging and monitoring" is the primary reason why developers consider Istio over the competitors, whereas "Easy to maintain" was stated as the key factor in picking Kong.
Istio and Kong are both open source tools. Kong with 22.4K GitHub stars and 2.75K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Istio with 18.5K GitHub stars and 3.1K GitHub forks.
Checkr, Policygenius, and Decision6 are some of the popular companies that use Kong, whereas Istio is used by Entelo, Cuemby, and AgFlow. Kong has a broader approval, being mentioned in 50 company stacks & 14 developers stacks; compared to Istio, which is listed in 32 company stacks and 30 developer stacks.
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