DevDays Europe 2020
DevDays Europe 2020

DevDays Europe 2019


May 14-16, 2019

Matt Turner

Native Wave, UK


Matt is CTO at Native Wave, a consultancy that designs, builds, and manages cloud-native platforms using the best open source software. Native Wave works with the whole business to re-architect and refactor applications to get the most from modern cloud technologies. Matt has been doing Dev, sometimes with added Ops, for over a decade. His idea of “full-stack” is Linux, Kubernetes, and now Istio too. He’s given many talks and workshops on Kubernetes and Istio, and is co-organiser of the Istio London meetup. He tweets @mt165 and blogs at


Do you need a Service Mesh?

The network is back. But is it useful? While the momentum of containerization and kubernetes is well established, service meshes are a much-hyped, but still emerging field. What actually are they, and are they worth looking at?
We’ll explore what a service mesh is and what they claim to do for a typical microservices web backend. Are the claims of free and easy observability, resiliency, testing and security real? Are they useful during development, production, or both? How well do they work at the moment, and is the hassle really worth it?
This session will also briefly cover how a service mesh works, giving you a mental model with which to explore and evaluate after the talk. I’ll show a simple installation and demo, giving you all the knowledge to go home and try for yourself.

Session Keywords

Service Mesh