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Shared Development Models

Shared Development

Shared Development Models and Multi-Service Applications

So far, we've talked about a single developer / single service workflow. But developers work as part of a larger application team that consists of multiple services. This presents two common scenarios: How do multiple developers simultaneously develop the same service How do you develop services that are used by other services?

September 14, 2017 | 3 min read
Cloud Native Workflows, GitOps, and Kubernetes

Cloud Native, Kubernetes, GitOps

Cloud Native Workflows, GitOps, and Kubernetes

The biggest change when adopting Kubernetes Much of the discussion about Kubernetes and microservices focuses on the changes in architecture: gRPC vs HTTP, service mesh (or not), observability, and so on. The official CNCF Cloud-Native definition echoes this bias: Cloud native technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, and hybrid clouds. Containers, service meshes, microservices, immutable infrastructure, and declarative APIs exemplify this approach.

September 7, 2017 | 9 min read
Deploying Envoy at Lyft

Envoy

The Mechanics of Deploying Envoy at Lyft

Deep Dive into Envoy Deployment at Lyft The idea of the "service mesh" is becoming very popular in microservice design circles. However, the mechanics of deploying one into an existing infrastructure are far from simple. In this talk we will cover the logistical details of how Envoy was developed and deployed incrementally at Lyft, focusing primarily on the evolution of service mesh configuration management. We will also discuss why high level systems such as Istio are likely to be the main mechanism by which most customers ultimately get access to service mesh technology.

July 27, 2017 | 4 min read
Faster Development for Cloud Native Apps

Cloud Native, Kubernetes, Telepresence

Faster Development for Cloud Native Applications

A guide to speeding up your development workflow on Kubernetes. When you move to Kubernetes and enable a GitOps workflow, your inner development loop becomes more complicated. You want to move quickly and ship new features faster, but pushing changes to production without previewing them is dangerous and could cause outages for your end users. How do you remain productive when hours of your day are consumed with waiting for CI to run?

June 13, 2017 | 5 min read
Tools for Testing Microservices

Microservices, Edge Stack API Gateway, Telepresence

3 Tools for Testing Microservices

3 Tools for Testing Microservices Testing microservices can be tricky; in this post I’ll cover some tools that can help you do so. But first, how exactly should you test your microservices? This is a special case of a broader question: how should you test your software? The answer I’ve come up with over the past few years is that there are four types of testing, and you need to use each one at different points in a product’s lifecycle:

May 31, 2017 | 4 min read
Istio, Lyft Envoy, and Microservices

Edge Stack API Gateway, Istio, Microservices, Envoy

Istio, Lyft Envoy, and Microservices

Since its release, we’ve been big fans of the Envoy Proxy for adding resilience and observability to microservice architectures. In a short period of time, Envoy has garnered impressive community momentum to go alongside its battle-tested functionality. However, Envoy, while powerful, is a complex piece of software that requires substantial supporting infrastructure to deploy at scale. While some of the simpler use cases can be addressed with documentation, realizing the true promise of Envoy as an infrastructure layer transparent to your developers yet configurable by operations requires substantial amount of additional engineering. Until today. Istio

May 24, 2017 | 2 min read