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Friday, December 8 • 4:25pm - 5:00pm
Istio’s Mixer: Policy Enforcement with Custom Adapters [I] - Limin Wang, Google & Torin Sandall, Styra

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The Istio service mesh provides a highly extensible platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices. Istio’s highly extensible nature is one of the main selling points as it allows you to enforce your own organization-specific policies across large fleets of microservices. At the same time, new technology always has a learning curve, and with all this extensibility and generality the task can be quite daunting.

In this talk, Limin Wang (Software Engineer at Google) and Torin Sandall (Technical Lead of the Open Policy Agent project) explain how Istio’s Mixer works and lead a deep dive into Mixer Adapter development. The talk shows (with demos) how the Mixer Adapter model enables custom policy enforcement and how the model is used to integrate third party policy engines like the Open Policy Agent.

This talk is targeted at platform engineers interested in using the Istio service mesh to enforce custom policies in their microservices. The talk also provides new ideas about the kinds of policies that can be enforced in Istio today.

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Torin Sandall

Software Engineer, Styra
Torin Sandall is the technical lead of the recent open source Open Policy Agent (OPA) project. He has spent 10 years as a software engineer working on large-scale distributed systems projects. Prior to working on the Open Policy Agent project, Torin was a senior software engineer... Read More →
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Limin Wang

Software Engineer, Google
Limin Wang is a security technical lead for Istio and Cloud Endpoints projects at Google. Before joining Google, she was a senior software engineer at VMware. Limin holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University.



Friday December 8, 2017 4:25pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 9AB, Level 3

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