Happy pi day! The past few months have been a high point for Linkerd. Momentum has never been stronger, with adopters and contributors flocking to the project every day. Many of the newest adopters tell us that they arrived at Linkerd for a simple reason—it was simpler, lighter, and faster than anything else they tried. Sometimes, Linkerd was the only thing that even worked.
Turns out we weren’t the only ones who noticed this trend. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that GV (formerly Google Ventures), along with existing investors Benchmark and A Capital, have invested \$10 million in Buoyant to further Linkerd’s development. We’ll be using this money directly to make Linkerd even better and more featureful, while staying true to our principles of speed, lightness, and most importantly, simplicity.
GV’s investment comes at a fascinating time in the service mesh space. Options abound, confusion is rife, and the air is thick with the heady aroma of vendor marketing. Through this, we’ve done our best to ignore the noise, keep our heads down, and focus on solving actual problems for our users. And that’s given us our secret weapon—an active and vocal community that has kept us focused and honest about what mattered to them.
So to all of Linkerd’s many adopters and contributors, here’s a heart-felt thank you. We couldn’t have done this without you. Stay tuned for lots more to come. This is just the beginning.
— William, Oliver, and the rest of the Linkerd team at Buoyant
(P.S. Want to join the party, too? We’re hiring!)
FACT: If you are considering service mesh and @linkerd isn't first on your list you're making a HUGE mistake. It just WORKS. Plain and simple. No hours of YAML configuration files to write. It just WORKS. Thank you @wm and @BuoyantIO team! @CloudNativeFdn— Cole Calistra (@coleca) February 2, 2019
I'm consistently impressed with @linkerd 2.0. If you are looking at istio, try linkerd first. I takes about 5 minutes. Then you'll have something working and in place while you try to understand and deploy istio for the next 9 months.— Darren Shepherd (@ibuildthecloud) February 14, 2019
After evaluating istio and linkerd this week. We will integrate linkerd into our infrastructure. It gives us metrics about internal traffic and we can keep everything else as it is e.g. our ingress nginx.— Thomas Peitz (@it_supertramp) November 17, 2018
It took me a total of 5 minutes to set up @linkerd in my QA environment and BOOM metrics for days. I can't remember the last time I set up something so easy, it was almost...fun?— Seth McCombs (@SethMcCombs) December 8, 2018