February 1-2, 2023 | Seattle, WA
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Wednesday, February 1 • 11:50am - 12:25pm
What's a Zero-Trust Tunnel? Exploring Security and Simpler Operations with Istio Ambient Mesh - Jim Barton & Marino Wijay, Solo.io

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One of the most common drivers for service mesh adoption is security compliance. Large enterprises in heavily regulated industries or the public sector must adopt practices like a zero-trust security posture both inside and at the edge of its application networks. Service mesh platforms like CNCF's Istio project are growing in popularity as a vehicle for meeting these challenges. In September 2022, Google and Solo.io announced the release of Istio Ambient Mesh to the community. Ambient offers a revolutionary data-plane architecture that allows service mesh users to ditch sidecars. It delivers an enhanced security posture while slashing operational complexity and enabling incremental mesh adoption, all while reducing cost and computational overhead within a service mesh. This talk will review the new sidecar-less architectural option available with Ambient. We'll discuss the two new complementary layers: a zero-trust tunnel (ztunnel) that secures Layer 4 connectivity, and a waypoint proxy that delivers Layer 7 security policies and behaviors. A demonstration will illustrate how these new components work together in practice.

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Jim Barton

Field Engineer, Solo.io
Jim Barton is a Field Engineer at Solo.io, a Cambridge-based company specializing in service mesh and Kubernetes-native API gateway technology. Jim’s career in enterprise software spans 30 years. He has enjoyed roles as a project engineer, sales and consulting engineer, product... Read More →
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Marino Wijay

Developer Advocate, Solo.io
Marino is a Developer & Platform Advocate at Solo.io, EddieHub Ambassador, and KubeHuddle Organizer. He is passionate about technology and modern distributed systems that involve heavy networking. He will always fall back to the patterns of Networking and the ways of the OSI. Community... Read More →

Wednesday February 1, 2023 11:50am - 12:25pm PST
Room 609