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The Service Mesh: What Is It, and Do You Need One?

The Service Mesh: What Is It, and Do You Need One?

This IDC Perspective examines the emergence of the service mesh, explores the architecture of the Istio service mesh, and provides guidance that will help organizations determine whether they will need a service mesh to support their application environments."Responding to the runtime requirements of containerized microservices applications, the service mesh is a distributed application-networking infrastructure that controls and observes internal service-to-service traffic. If you are running or plan to run microservices at scale in production environments — in an on-premises private cloud, in a public cloud, or in hybrid/multicloud deployments — then you should evaluate the efficacy of a service mesh," said Brad Casemore, IDC research vice president, Datacenter Networks.

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What Is the Service Mesh?
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