February 14, 2018

The History of the Service Mesh

The idea of a service mesh is still a fairly new concept for most people, so it may seem a little funny to already be talking about its history. But at this point Linkerd has been running in production by companies around the world for over 18 months — an eternity in the cloud-native ecosystem — and we can trace its conceptual lineage back to developments that happened at web-scale companies in the early 2010’s. So there’s certainly a history to explore and understand.

Before we dive in, though, let’s stay in the present a bit longer. What is a service mesh, and why is it suddenly a hot topic?

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