From small start-ups to large enterprises, cloud-native to on-premises, organizations of all shapes, sizes, are deploying service mesh in Microservices to improve security, get complete observability, enhance security between service-service communications and to resolve security and networking challenges faced during Kubernetes deployment.
Here, we’ve discussed other such incredible benefits of deploying a Service Mesh. Read to know more!
What is a Service Mesh?
A service mesh is a dedicated infrastructure layer that helps in making service-to-service calls within a microservice architecture reliable, fast and secure. It is not a “mesh of services” but rather a mesh of proxies that services help in monitoring and controlling how different parts of an application share data with each other.
Built right into the app, this visible dedicated infrastructure layer tracks how different parts of an app are interacting and manages all interprocess service-to-service network communications within the cloud environment.
Why deploy a Service Mesh in Microservices Architecture?
Deploying a service mesh in Microservices architecture provides observability, resilience, traffic, and security control of services with little or no change to the existing code. This helps in freeing developers from the pains of building new codes to address networking concerns.
Using service mesh tools offers a number of advantages including,
With its incredible capabilities of service-level visibility, tracing, and monitoring, a service mesh ISTIO provides in-depth insights and granular observability into distributed services. It acts as a crucial means for extracting detailed information on what is happening at the application level.
A service mesh ISTIO ensures well-controlled handling of encryption practices and access control rules. Service mesh secures the interactions within the communication network by providing a mutual Transport Layer Security (TLS). This layer acts as a complete solution to authenticate services, enforce security and compliance policies, and encrypt the traffic flow between the services.
Using service mesh tools such as ISTIO provides detailed control of network traffic to determine where the request for the services is routed. A service mesh helps in Intelligent routing which means controlling the flow of traffic and API calling between the services. An API call is a process that happens when a request is sent after setting up the API with the correct endpoints. Once this API setup is complete, all information is transferred, then processed, and later, the response is sent.
Increases Developer Productivity
Earlier, the main focus of developers was on writing infrastructure code to effectively deploy an app and build libraries to manage service-to-service communication in different languages. Using service mesh tools can help in fixing these issues. It provides the tools and functionality to support microservices and allows coders to focus exclusively on the application logic. This helps developers to concentrate their effort, time and resources on the development tasks.
A multi-cloud reality
A service mesh is platform-independent. This means service mesh endpoints can run in any container-based architecture and various systems can be architected to run between different clouds. A service mesh is the best solution for tracking issues, enhancing security in between service-to-service communications and controlling network traffic, whether it is inside the public cloud, business or enterprise data center or in a hybrid cloud implementation.
How Businesses can expedite their Microservices Journey?
Deploying a service mesh in a Microservices environment, such as ISTIO can help accelerate your Microservices journey. But implementing a service mesh ISTIO is not the only solution to smoothen app release in a microservices architecture. Microservices, being modular in nature are complicated which makes it difficult to manage.
But, a Microservices management platform like BuildPiper can help enterprises modernize their IT infrastructure with seamless and secure microservices delivery. BuildPiper helps in the successful implementation of the Microservices along with Kubernetes management and CI/CD pipeline set up with observability, compliance and security.
Also, you can read more on Service Mesh and its architecture, here in this blog.