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Assessing Service Mesh for Use in Microservices Architectures

Published: 23 April 2019

ID: G00377346

Analyst(s): Fintan Ryan


Service mesh patterns address common cross-cutting concerns in microservices architectures. Technical professionals defining MSAs must understand the benefits and complexities of service mesh patterns and apply them to highly dynamic MSA instances in their organizations.

Table Of Contents


  • The Birth of Service Mesh
  • What Is a Service Mesh?
  • Why Use a Service Mesh?
  • Standardizing Best Practices
    • Favor Cohesive Services
  • When to Use a Service Mesh
  • When Not to Use a Service Mesh
  • Who Manages the Service Mesh?
  • Service Mesh, API Gateways and Microgateways
    • Service Mesh Data Plane Implementation Patterns
    • Implementing Distributed Tracing Using Service Mesh
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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