Istio is a service mesh that collects logs, traces, and telemetry, and adds security policies without requiring client libraries to be embedded into an application. Google has announced the release of version 1.0, stating that it’s now ready for production use. It’s not uncommon for engineers to hyper their own project, but Google Cloud CTO Urs Hölzle claims that “90% of Kubernetes users will likely be using Istio within the next two years.”
The project was launched in May 2017, and since then has seen eight versions, more than 200 contributors and over 4,000 contributions. Google was not the only company involved; contributions have also come from IBM, Lyft, Cisco, Red Hat, and VMWare.