Increasing Platform Reliability and Performance in One Week with a Service Mesh

June 19, 2023

Platform engineer Eli will share how they used Linkerd to load balance gRPC connections while realizing instant security, efficiency, and performance gains in just one week. When the company's customer base started to grow quickly, the platform needed to scale fast. That led to a few challenges, including backward compatibility issues. To address that, the team moved to gRPC, but load balancing of gRPC requests isn't supported by Kubernetes. After some research, they decided to adopt a service mesh and gave Linkerd a try.