target audience: TECH BUYER  Publication date: Dec 2020 - Document type: IDC Innovators - Doc  Document number: # US47093420

IDC Innovators: Service Mesh, 2020


  • Brad Casemore
  • Jim Mercer Loading
  • Sriram Subramanian


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IDC Innovators are emerging vendors with revenue <$100 million that have demonstrated either a groundbreaking business model or an innovative new technology — or both. This IDC Innovators study profiles five emerging service mesh vendors: Buoyant, Kong Inc.,, Tetrate, and Traefik Labs.

"While it's true that, until now, service meshes have been discussed more than they've been deployed by enterprises, we have reached a point where vendors, including several start-ups with open source software and robust community support, are focusing on simplifying service mesh deployment and management so that broader adoption can occur. There's intense competition and innovation in service mesh, and IDC is confident that the emphasis on simplicity will result in increased enterprise embrace of service meshes in 2021 and beyond." — Brad Casemore, research VP, Datacenter and Multicloud Networking at IDC


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