Computing infrastructure continues to evolve at a rapid pace, as new layers of automation come about to enable increasingly rapid change and adaptation.
From containerization, which made it possible to deploy new capabilities in seconds, to Kubernetes which added a layer of orchestration to coordinate container deployments at scale, and created a ‘serverless’ model, there is always something new on the horizon.
Now, a new layer known as the ‘service mesh’ is being adopted which will add governance, management and communication across all of these capabilities.
This week saw the release of version 1.0 of a new open source framework for service mesh known as Istio, backed, like Kubernetes before it, by Google, along with IBM. And the expectation is that it could be bigger than Kubernetes
My expectation would be, 90% of Kubernetes users use Istio two years from now. You could argue the value you get from Istio is larger than Kubernetes.
As ever, it will be interesting to see how the DevOps industry adapts to this new arrival; Istio isn’t the only service mesh around, but with the backing of the likes of Google and IBM there is every chance that it will start to eclipse some of its predecessors.