Now Available - The Enterprise Path to Service Mesh Architectures

As someone interested in modern software design, you have likely heard of service mesh architectures in context of microservices. Service meshes introduce a new layer into modern infrastructures, offering the potential for creating robust and scalable applications and granular control over them. Is a service mesh right for you?

My newly published short book, The Enterprise Path to Service Mesh Architectures, helps answer common questions on service mesh architectures through the lens of a large enterprise and addresses how to evaluate your organization’s readiness, factors to consider when building new applications and converting existing applications to best leverage a service mesh, and offers insight on deployment architectures used to get you there.

This isn’t the only O’Reilly title available on the topic of service meshes, however. Before authoring The Enterprise Path to Service Mesh Architectures I happily provided technical review of two other excellent O’Reilly titles on the topic of service meshes: Christian Posta‘s and Burr Sutter‘s Introducing Istio Service Mesh for Microservices and George Miranda‘s The Service Mesh. These three complement each other well, helping educate adopters and onlookers alike:

Introducing Istio Service Mesh for Microservices by Christian Posta and George Miranda does an excellent job of introducing Istio, specifically, and walks through examples of each of its core capabilities. Their book provides a unique perspective of Istio through ever so faintly-tinted OpenShift lens. The code samples incorporated to the book are clear and helpful in quickly ramping on Istio.
The Service Mesh by George Miranda is an introduction to service meshes in general and successfully avoids the natural inclination to compare specifics between popular service mesh offerings. Instead, George gives real-world examples of where and how service meshes have benefited customers. There’s clear value derived in learning from George’s experience.
The Enterprise Path to Service Mesh Architectures by Lee Calcote focuses on the value of service meshes, how they contrast against container orchestrators and other microservices frameworks, what shape various deployment models take, customization and integration of service meshes into existing infrastructure.


For as well as these three short books cover the space and specific technologies, much room is left for a deeper, post-Istio-1.0 book. And its exactly such a book that I and my two coauthors, Matt Baldwin and Zack Butcher, have set forth to produce: Istio: Up and Running. There’s clear underlap and complement in these short books and our forthcoming title.

Like other titles on emergent technology, there’s risk in a short shelf-live of some of the technical content. The post-1.0 publication of Istio: Up and Running certainly improves the durability of its content. To further its usefulness (and shelf-life), we’re deemphasizing specifics of Istio’s deployment and focusing on other aspects like advanced deployment, multi-cluster, multi-tenant, best practices, case studies, etc., lacing these with code samples throughout.

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Lee Calcote

Lee Calcote
Lee Calcote is an innovative thought leader, passionate about developer platforms and management software for clouds, containers, infrastructure and applications. Advanced and emerging technologies have been a consistent focus through Calcote’s tenure at SolarWinds, Seagate, Cisco and Pelco. An organizer of technology meetups and conferences, a writer, author, speaker, he is active in the tech community.

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