More About Service Mesh Day

Tetrate was proud to host over 260 attendees at Service Mesh Day 2019. Attendees and speakers hailed from a variety of industries but as a group agreed that microservices are now a fundamental piece of enterprise software.

As microservices gain traction in the cloud, developers are looking for tools to help manage and secure these services at scale.

Matt Klein, creator of Envoy and SMD keynote speaker

Our speakers affirmed the reality that modern applications are no longer confined to the walls of a traditional, hardware-based datacenter. But as they embrace the omnipresent cloud, network administrators, SREs, operations teams, and developers are struggling to make increasingly unwieldy, distributed systems manageable.

Louis Ryan, Principal Engineer at Google; Core Contributor Istio, gRPC on the origins of Mesh
Suresh Visvanathan Sr Director at Yahoo (Verizon Media) on integrating into existing applications

Pioneers like Google and Lyft (with their open source projects Istio and Envoy respectively) are starting to address the problem of how to manage hyper-agile web services. Zack Butcher (formerly of Google, now principal engineer at Tetrate, and a core Istio contributor), led a hands-on workshop where attendees constructed their own service mesh-based applications.

Throughout the conference, I noticed speakers returning to the question of how to best incorporate mesh into their network. The industry is just beginning to organize their engineering and ops teams around extending the agility that mesh delivers throughout their business. Some teams are injecting mesh-like observability and control into their existing applications (bringing mesh to the brownfield). Others are building containerized services from scratch to enjoy the advantages of mesh (bringing mesh to the greenfield).

Chris Aniszczyk CTO/COO of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)
Larry Peterson, CTO of ONF

Tetrate sees both approaches as part of the reality of the new IT landscape. Our initial product offering addresses large-scale enterprise companies that have significant business value encoded in traditional monolithic apps. GetEnvoy is a set of Envoy distributions pre-bundled for easy installation into the leading OS platforms. These packages remove the fear and frustration of a ‘lift-and-shift’ strategy for elevating legacy apps from the limits of the lab to the scalability and performance of the cloud.

David Ferraiolo from NIST on NGAC
Eric Brewer, Google, VP Infrastructure UC Berkeley, Professor of Computer Science on access policy

Additionally, Tetrate introduced Tetrate Q. Tetrate Q is based on the Next Generation Access Control (NGAC) specification developed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). Q builds on a mesh and brings security, control, and access automation to granular levels of your application development. By using Q in your implementation on top of the mesh, you gain the ability to abstract those decisions from the business logic in your application and move them to a management console that can be administered by your security experts and network administrators.

GetEnvoy andTetrate Q are both available today.

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