Cloud Native Networking For Developers With The Gloo Platform


April 18th, 2022

50 mins 33 secs

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About this Episode


Communication is a fundamental requirement for any program or application. As the friction involved in deploying code has gone down, the motivation for architecting your system as microservices goes up. This shifts the communication patterns in your software from function calls to network calls. In this episode Idit Levine explains how the Gloo platform that she and her team at Solo have created makes it easier for you to configure and monitor the network topologies for your microservice environments. She also discusses what developers need to know about networking in cloud native environments and how a combination of API gateways and service mesh technologies allow you to more rapidly iterate on your systems.


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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Idit Levine about what developers need to know about service-oriented networking and her work at Solo on the Gloo project


  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • Can you describe what Solo is and the story behind it?
  • How much should developers need to know about the ways that their applications and services are communicating?
  • What is the current state of networking for applications across physical, cloud, and containerized environments?
  • How do service mesh features influence the architectural decisions that software teams make while building their applications?
    • What operational capabilities do they unlock?
  • What are the aspects of application networking that are simplified or enhanced by service mesh platforms?
    • In what ways has service mesh introduced new complexity to operating software systems?
  • How can developers mirror the network topologies for production environments while working on new features?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Gloo used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Gloo?
  • When is Gloo the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Gloo?

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