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Wednesday, May 22 • 11:55 - 12:30
Service Meshes: At What Cost? - Lee Calcote, Layer5 & Girish Ranganathan, SolarWinds

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“What is the performance impact that a service mesh has?"

"What overhead does being on the mesh incur?”

By far, this is the most common questioned by engineers coming to with the value of functionality provided by a service mesh. Generally, this question goes unanswered.

We will share methodology and results of performance testing research done in collaboration with a university, through the lens an open source service mesh benchmark tool - a tool used to provide a common benchmark across service meshes (their control planes, like Istio) and modern proxies (their data planes, like Envoy).

Over 10 service meshes projects will be reviewed. In addition to performance, we’ll take an in-depth look at the landscape of service meshes, characterize and contrast their functionality as well as their data plane and control plane architectures.

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Lee Calcote

Founder, Layer5
Lee Calcote is an innovative product and technology leader, passionate about developer platforms and management software for clouds, containers, functions and applications. Advanced and emerging technologies have been a consistent focus through Calcote’s tenure at SolarWinds, Seagate... Read More →
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Girish Ranganathan

Chief Architect, Layer5
Girish is a software technologist who has played a pivotal role in architecting and developing a variety of large scale distributed systems on a range of platforms including microservices and serverless. He strongly believes that simple ideas can go a long way into building efficient... Read More →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:55 - 12:30 CEST
Hall 8.0 B1