Microsoft breaks ranks with its own service mesh


Microsoft has announced that it will release its own open source service mesh — called  — and transfer it to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as soon as possible.

This sets the Redmond-based company apart from its cloud rival Google, which recently announced that its own will no longer be part of the vendor-neutral CNCF and will instead sit under .

The has quickly become a vital part of the modern cloud native computing stack, as it essentially enables communication, monitoring, and load balancing between disparate parts of today’s microservices-based architecture.

This differs from the popular container orchestration service Kubernetes in its level of granularity. When run in tandem with Kubernetes, a service mesh enables deeper security policy and encryption enforcement and automated load balancing and circuit breaking functionality.

Where Microsoft is looking to set itself apart — aside from the philosophical debate over open source software and governance issues — is in offering as much simplicity as possible.


“It’s not just me saying this. We see the data in the [Azure Kubernetes Service] support queue of customers who are trying to use this stuff — and they’re struggling right here. This is just hard technology to use — hard technology to build at scale,” he added.


With this launch Microsoft is not only aligning itself with the open governance side of the debate which has been raging through the open source software community for the past few months, but is also looking to solve a .

Not everybody sees it as such a slam dunk however, with Oliver Gould, the cofounder of Linkerd creator Buoyant, taking to Twitter to  in the aftermath of the launch.

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