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  • Getting Started with Istio Service Mesh Routing

    In the following tutorial, we will use Istio to demonstrate one of the most powerful features of service meshes: “per request routing.” This feature allows the routing of arbitrary requests that are marked by selected HTTP headers to specific targets, which is possible only with a (OSI) layer 7 proxy. No layer 4 load balancer or proxy can achieve this functionality.

  • Increasing Security with a Service Mesh: Christian Posta Explores the Capabilities of Istio

    Istio attempts to solve some particularly difficult challenges when running applications in a cloud platform: application networking, reliability, and observability and (the focus of this article) security. With Istio, communication between services in the mesh is secure and encrypted by default. Istio can also help with "origin" or "end-user" JWT identity token verification.

  • Improving Testability of Java Microservices with Container Orchestration and a Service Mesh

    In enterprise test scenarios, software needs to be tested in the same way as it will run in production. This article provides a practical demonstration of testing Java microservices that are running on Kubernetes with the Istio service mesh. K8s service abstractions enable mocking, and Istio enables us to re-route traffic and inject faulty responses or delays to verify our services' resiliency.

  • Istio and the Future of Service Meshes

    A service mesh provides a transparent and language-independent way to flexibly and easily automate networking, security, and observation functions. This article examines the past, present and future of the Istio service mesh. The near-term goal is to launch Istio to 1.0, when the key features will all be in beta, including support for Hybrid environments.


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