The Service Mesh Interface platform provides a standardized API that will allow for the ability to deal with traffic policy, traffic telemetry, and traffic management across different service mesh technologies.
“Much of Linkerd’s recent momentum is from folks coming to Linkerd after struggling with Istio,” explained Buoyant CEO William Morgan.
The platform provides a more consistent way for enterprises to manage their applications across multiple infrastructure locations.
The CSP platform relies on Google's Kubernetes-based GKE On-Prem and Istio to support management across hybrid environments.
The NSX Service Mesh beta will initially support Cloud PKS (formerly known as VMware Kubernetes Engine or VKE), but VMware plans to extend it to any Kubernetes environment.
Within GKE, Istio will collect telemetry about a running container and send that information to either Stackdriver or Prometheus to allow an organization to monitor the health of that container.
The service mesh's 2.0 update is focused on easing deployment for service owners compared to other platforms like Istio.
Consul competes against Istio but has a broader focus on multi-tenancy infrastructure deployments.
The platform has strong backing from Google, Red Hat, and IBM, but lacks official support from AWS and Microsoft.
The company is looking to boost its product offerings based on its NGINX Plus platform, as well as target Kubernetes and Istio.
With service-mesh technologies, such as Envoy and Istio, web services can effectively talk to each other and become building blocks to create applications.
The platform is increasingly popping up in conversations tied to the orchestration and management of containers in a production environment.