Service Mesh Academy

Linkerd major feature deep dive: Mesh expansion, HAZL, and native sidecar support

Thursday, April 18, 2024
9 am PT | 12 pm ET | 6 pm CET

Every Linkerd major release brings major new features, and in this Service Mesh Academy, we’ll fire up Buoyant Enterprise for Linkerd 2.15 and take it for a spin, focusing on three new advanced features:

  • Mesh expansion lets you add security, reliability, and observability to non-Kubernetes workloads, a new feature of Linkerd 2.15
  • The High Availability Zonal Load balancer (HAZL) is a new load balancer that can eliminate expensive cross-zone Kubernetes traffic without sacrificing overall reliability, even for multi-cluster traffic.
  • Support for Kubernetes' native sidecar containers eases some of the long-standing annoyances of the sidecar model in Kubernetes

Join us to get your hands dirty and put all three of these new features to work!

What you'll get out of this
  • Understand how multi-zone clusters work, what they can offer you, and why HAZL is important
  • Learn the easiest way to bring the benefits of the mesh to non-Kubernetes workloads
  • See how smooth native sidecar support works
Getting ready

This is a hands-on workshop, so it’s important that you arrive prepared. Please have a Kubernetes cluster ready and the Linkerd CLI version 2.14.0 or above installed on your machine—check out the first few steps of our Linkerd Getting Started Guide if you want some specific instructions on how to do this. (If you don’t want to do the hands-on portion, you are welcome to just listen in. But it won’t be as fun!) Finally, please join the #workshops channel on the Linkerd Slack. We will use Slack for all live workshop-related questions.

Tech Evangelist

Flynn is a tech evangelist at Buoyant, where he works on spreading the good word about Linkerd — the graduated CNCF service mesh that makes the fundamental tools for software security and reliability freely available to every engineer — and about Kubernetes and cloud-native development in general. Flynn is also the original author and a maintainer of the Emissary-ingress API gateway, also a CNCF project.

Flynn's career in computing spans nearly forty years and runs the gamut from bringup on bare metal to distributed applications, with a common thread of communications and security throughout. He has spoken about Linkerd, Emissary-ingress, and other cloud native technologies at several conferences, including KubeCon/CloudNativeCon, DevOps Days, and the NYC Kubernetes meetup.