Istio vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?
Developers describe Istio as "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. On the other hand, Kubernetes is detailed as "Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops". 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.
Istio can be classified as a tool in the "Microservices Tools" category, while Kubernetes is grouped under "Container Tools".
"Zero code for logging and monitoring" is the top reason why over 4 developers like Istio, while over 134 developers mention "Leading docker container management solution" as the leading cause for choosing Kubernetes.
Istio and Kubernetes are both open source tools. Kubernetes with 55.1K GitHub stars and 19.1K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Istio with 18.5K GitHub stars and 3.1K GitHub forks.
Google, Slack, and Shopify are some of the popular companies that use Kubernetes, whereas Istio is used by Cuemby, Entelo, and AgFlow. Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1048 company stacks & 1099 developers stacks; compared to Istio, which is listed in 32 company stacks and 30 developer stacks.
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