What is Istio?
Istio is an open-source service mesh platform that provides a uniform way to connect, secure and manage microservices. Originally developed by Google, IBM and Lyft, Istio is now part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).
Service meshes are a way of managing communication between different parts of a distributed system such as microservices, by providing additional features like load balancing, traffic routing and security. Istio uses a sidecar proxy architecture, where each service has a dedicated proxy sidecar that manages communication between the service and the rest of the system.
Some of the key features of Istio include traffic management, security, observability and policy enforcement. It is designed to be platform-agnostic and can be used with a wide range of deployment environments, including Kubernetes, virtual machines and bare metal servers.
For more information, read our Learning Center article on Istio