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An Essential Guide to Container Networking and Service Mesh

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An Architectural Pattern for Modern Load Balancing and Application Services


The popularity of modern applications built on container-based microservices architecture has led to new requirements for application networking - unmet by existing solutions.

Applications are becoming more distributed and application services, including load balancing, analytics, security are moving closer to (and in some cases even becoming part of) the applications (or microservices). 

This whitepaper explores service mesh as an architectural pattern, and how both modern applications in container clusters as well as traditional applications in on-prem data centers and clouds can benefit from the granular application services made possible by a service mesh.

It is an essential guide to understanding what a service mesh is and why it matters. It includes best practices used by enterprises who have deployed large container clusters in production.