Service Mesh Academy

Service mesh observability with Linkerd

Thursday, August 18, 2022
9 PST | 12 pm EST | 6 pm CET

During this workshop, attendees will learn how to use a service mesh to monitor their applications in a way that's transparent, uniform across services, and provides detailed information about important application information such as HTTP routes and gRPC methods. Buoyant developer advocate Flynn will demo a sample application that experiences intermittent, non-obvious errors, and continue by showcasing how to identify a specific failing service using the default tools Linkerd provides.

What you'll get out of this
  • Understand what insights Linkerd provides into the health and performance of a cluster
  • Be able to use Linkerd’s ServiceProfile CRD to configure metrics tailored to your application, and understand the benefits that provides
  • Learn how to use data from ServiceProfiles to quickly identify and fix application issues in a cluster

Getting ready

For the hands-on portions, it’s important that you arrive prepared. Please have a Kubernetes cluster ready, and the Linkerd CLI version 2.11.0 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, of course, 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’re going to use Slack instead of the regular Zoom chat for this workshop.

Developer Advocate

Flynn is a developer advocate 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 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.