What is Istio?

An easy path to Kubernetes

Istio is an open technology that provides a way for developers to seamlessly connect, manage and secure networks of different microservices — regardless of platform, source or vendor. Istio is currently one of the fastest-growing open source projects based on Github contributors, and its strength is its community. IBM is proud to be a founder and contributer of the Istio project and leads Istio Working Groups.

To learn more about the world of service mesh, read the O’Reilly ebook, Istio Explained (PDF, 11.1 MB), written by Istio control board members, Lin Sun, IBM Master Inventor, and Dan Berg, IBM Distinguished Engineer.

Istio Explained book cover

How Istio works


Install Istio seamlessly

A single click runs Istio core components and tracing, monitoring and visualization tools.

We’ll manage your updates

IBM Cloud updates all Istio components and manages the control-plane components lifecycle.

Integrates with platform tools

Get certified

The following courses show how to manage microservices with IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and Istio.

A–Z: Containers and Kubernetes

Set up and deploy an application; scale and update applications with IBM Watson® services.

Use microservices with Istio

Learn how 12-factor method, microservices and Istio work in IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service.

Going beyond the basics

Install Istio beside microservices as Guestbook mock application; deploy it to a cluster.

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See the documentation. For anything else, simply join our Slack channel and ask away.

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