Service Mesh Creator Buoyant Offers Commercial Support for Linkerd as Enterprise Adoption Surges, Releases Conduit 0.4.1

FOX, Salesforce, SoundCloud, and Over 50 Other Enterprises Rely on Buoyant Service Mesh Technology for Resilient, Reliable, Low-Latency Cloud Native Applications 

KUBECON EU (COPENHAGEN) — May 2 — Buoyant, creator of open source service mesh projects Linkerd and Conduit, is announcing commercial support for Linkerd, new enterprise production users, and the beta release of Conduit at KubeCon EU. Linkerd is an official incubation project of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the industry’s most widely adopted service mesh in production. Its sister project, Conduit, is an ultralight, ultrafast service mesh for Kubernetes, and was announced at KubeCon US in December.

Buoyant introduced the service mesh in 2016 to address operational challenges in running microservices. Linkerd and Conduit provide features such as telemetry, service discovery, load balancing, retries and timeouts, and circuit breaking, all fundamental requirements for resilient, cloud-native applications. It provides operators and developers with a foundation to ensure reliability, uptime, improved performance, operational ease, and security.

Linkerd Enterprise Adoption and Commercial Support 

FOX and Salesforce are the latest global enterprises to deploy Linkerd in production, joining BigCommerce, Credit Karma, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Monzo, PayPal, and many others. Linkerd has powered trillions of production requests served around the world, and to better support enterprises on Day 2 operations of running microservices, Buoyant now offers commercial support for Linkerd and Conduit, including consulting, training, and on call support.

Linkerd Production Use Cases at KubeCon 

At KubeCon EU, production users will be sharing real-world Linkerd implementation stories, including: Form3, a cloud-based platform for secure, end-to-end payments processing; Moltin, an eCommerce API for developers; and Monzo, a UK-based, mobile-only bank. Additionally, Linkerd users SoundCloud, BigCommerce, Brandwatch, and others will be presenting lightning talks during the Linkerd Deep Dive session.

“As a real-time payments processor, reliability and low-latency are absolutely critical for meeting our SLAs,” said Edward Wilde, Form3. “Linkerd has made a huge improvement in our system’s reliability, it gives us all of our telemetry and stats at an incredibly fine-grained level of detail, and we simply don’t see errors and failures anymore. Linkerd has more than delivered, plus it comes with a whole bunch of extra useful stuff.”

“We needed a comprehensive architectural revamp in our transition from a monolithic application architecture to microservices,” said Israel Sotomayor, Infrastructure Engineer, Moltin. “This presented several new concerns for our team, including consistency, observability, and resilience. Linkerd gave us the ability to easily address these issues and helped us to overcome most of the common problems you face when building a distributed system. Most importantly, it required minimal configuration out of the box, which made it easy to test and incorporate into our system without changing much on our environment.”

Conduit 0.4.1 Released 

Alongside Linkerd, Buoyant has also announced the release of Conduit 0.4.1, a significant step towards Conduit’s goal of being the smallest, lightest, fastest service mesh in the world. This latest release of Conduit introduces a new set of tools for debugging microservices. Recent feature enhancements include:

  • Significant improvements to the Prometheus-based telemetry system
  • Preconfigured Grafana dashboards for every Kubernetes deployment
  • Top-line metrics such as success rate, request volume, and latency distributions
  • A powerful CLI that wires this data to the command line
  • Support for HTTP/1.x, HTTP/2, gRPC, and all TCP communication
  • Zero-configuration installation
  • Sub-millisecond p99 latency

Conduit is designed based on Buoyant’s experience with enterprises running Linkerd in production for almost two years. The company is working closely with both the Linkerd and Conduit communities to bring the best of both worlds together to support its expanding user base, and is seeking development partners and community input.

“Software is intrinsically meaningless” said William Morgan, co-founder and CEO of Buoyant. “It has no value until it’s placed in the context of the people who operate it, the ecosystem in which it exists, and the purpose that it is designed to fulfill. Buoyant exists not just to build incredibly powerful tools like Linkerd and Conduit, but to help customers solve critical, operational problems with them.”

To learn more about Buoyant and its service mesh projects, visit the website. Enterprises interested in commercial support for Linkerd can contact the company here. For a complete guide to Linkerd and Conduit service mesh sessions at KubeCon EU, view the schedule.

About Buoyant

Buoyant builds widely-used open source infrastructure software. It is the creator of Linkerd, the first production-grade service mesh for microservices, and Conduit, its new lightweight service mesh offering built from the ground up for security and ease-of-use on Kubernetes. Founded in 2015 by senior Twitter infrastructure engineers William Morgan and Oliver Gould, Buoyant’s mission is to create a world where people can trust the technology they rely on, by giving everyone the power to build innovative, reliable, and secure software. Buoyant is based in San Francisco and is backed by some of Silicon Valley’s top investors, including A.Capital, Benchmark Capital, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, SV Angel, #Angels and the Webb Investment Network.