Pivotal and Istio: Advancing the Ecosystem for Microservices in the Enterprise

May 24, 2017 Dormain Drewitz

Today, we are excited to announce our collaboration with Google and IBM in the Istio project. Istio is an open, language-agnostic framework that connects, manages, and secures microservices. Combined with a cloud-native platform like Pivotal Cloud Foundry, a service mesh framework like Istio is a key ingredient for any implementation of a microservices-style architecture. Istio and the Open Service Broker API may be used as  part of a broader solution to manage the lifecycle of production grade services. 

Pivotal Cloud Foundry has been helping enterprises adopt, deploy, and manage microservices for years. And we also take an ecosystem approach to bringing solutions to the enterprise. Bringing Istio to the Pivotal Cloud Foundry ecosystem gives users new options.

In this post, I'll cover what this announcement means for enterprise users: their microservices requirements, the implications of Pivotal’s growing ecosystem, and making cloud-native application development and deployment a reality for enterprises.   

What microservices need

Microservices is not a new topic for Pivotal. Operating microservices securely and at scale have a few major categories of requirements:  

Istio brings an alternative implementation to meet these requirements that some of our customers are interested in taking advantage of.  

Ecosystem: Bringing many solutions to a problem

At Pivotal, we often talk about the opinionated nature of the Cloud Foundry platform. Those opinions, no doubt, are a huge source of operational leverage for our customers. But, as Richard Seroter recently noted, one of the misconceptions about Cloud Foundry is that you have to use all those opinions. That would mean restricting important choices for enterprises.   

When it comes to supporting microservices, we already work with Google Apigee, MuleSoft, ForgeRock, and, of course, the Spring ecosystem. Not to mention all the other partners that make up the more than fifty services available on the Pivotal Network. And I expect the number to keep growing. Why? Because the unique requirements of our enterprise customers demand it.

The many extensibility points of Cloud Foundry allow us to support an ecosystem of choice for our customers and still drive tremendous operational efficiencies. Whether it's databases, monitoring, security, and - yes - microservices infrastructure.

Solving for the enterprise-ready microservices platform

It's the early days for Istio - many enterprises are just learning about it today. We are excited to partner with our customers interested in adopting in a way that meets their enterprise requirements. If you are interested in working together on this, let us know.

About the Author

Dormain Drewitz

Dormain leads Product Marketing for Pivotal Platform Ecosystem, including GemFire, Pivotal's PCF Services offerings, and ISV offerings for PCF. Previously, she was Director of Product Marketing for Mobile and Pivotal Data Suite. Prior to Pivotal, she was Director of Platform Marketing at Riverbed Technology. Prior to Riverbed, she spent over 5 years as a technology investment analyst, closely following enterprise infrastructure software companies and industry trends. Dormain holds a B. A. in History from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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