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Tetrate Istio Subscription Is Pure Open Source Istio | David Wang


Guest: David Wang (LinkedIn)
Company: Tetrate (Twitter)
Show: Newsroom

Tetrate helps organizations achieve security, network security, and network availability for their Kubernetes and microservices workloads. Their portfolio of products includes Tetrate Service Bridge (TSB) and Tetrate Service Express (TSE), and they have just announced the general availability of Tetrate Istio Subscription (TIS).

In this episode of TFiR: Newsroom, David Wang, Head of Product at Tetrate,  talks about the differences between their offerings. He goes on to talk about the level of awareness around Istio and how Tetrate is helping support the community and ecosystem.

Key highlights from this video interview are:

  • Wang explains that Tetrate Service Bridge and Tetrate Service Express are aimed at platform teams that want a service master platform with ready-to-go services for app teams to deploy. The users just want to build their own on top of Istio, they do not want to buy a proprietary platform.
  • Tetrate Istio Subscription offers three key things: global enterprise support with strict SLAs for Istio, backporting CVEs, and helping people who are trying to operate Istio in a FedRAMP environment by providing FIPS-verified cryptos.
  • Istio is 100% open source with no vendor-added component. Wang discusses how Tetrate scales their offerings of Istio by making it easier for users to consume without actually altering it.
  • Wang explains how those ready for their transformational platforms should go with TSB or TSE while others who want to customize and build their own open-source Istio should go with Tetrate Istio Subscription.
  • Wang discusses the impact moving Istio to CNCF and since graduating has had in terms of instilling confidence in the product. He talks about the increasing interest in Tetra Academy and the maturation they are seeing in Istio demand.
  • Although many people now understand the technology and use cases around Istio, there is still more to understand about the right sequencing of use cases, and figuring out the blueprint to deliver the value of service mesh. He explains how TSE and TSB help people realize that value, but TIS supports people who want to tackle their use cases in a customized way.
  • Tetrate is very active in contributing to projects in the ecosystem, which helps them see the sorts of issues people run into and get a sense of what’s going on in the community in terms of adoption and the state of Istio on the open-source side. Wang talks about how this works from the perspective of their commercial side too.
  • Wang explains that one of the pain points they see is teams keeping up with Istio upgrade cycles and community support is only eight months. He tells us that this is why they have extended that support to 14 months in TIS to help teams manage the life cycle.
  • Wang gives us a glimpse of what to expect from Tetrate at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America, particularly from the Envoy side.

This summary was written by Emily Nicholls.