Istio vs Spring Cloud: 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, Spring Cloud is detailed as "Spring helps development teams everywhere build simple, portable,fast and flexible JVM-based systems and applications". Spring helps development teams everywhere build simple, portable, fast and flexible JVM-based systems and applications.
Istio belongs to "Microservices Tools" category of the tech stack, while Spring Cloud can be primarily classified under "Container Tools".
Istio is an open source tool with 18.5K GitHub stars and 3.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Istio's open source repository on GitHub.
Zetaops, Swingvy, and Monkey Exchange are some of the popular companies that use Spring Cloud, whereas Istio is used by Cuemby, Entelo, and AgFlow. Spring Cloud has a broader approval, being mentioned in 24 company stacks & 55 developers stacks; compared to Istio, which is listed in 32 company stacks and 30 developer stacks.