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Service Mesh Is a Use in Search of a Problem

Today, it seems like every cloud vendor is pitching a service mesh, but is this really necessary? In this episode, Calvin Hendryx-Parker, Ned Bellavance, and Jason Benedicic join Stephen Foskett to discuss the value of a service mesh to modern application stacks. In theory, a service mesh facilitates communication between services and microservices in modern applications. It also provides a data and management plane to today’s scalable applications and can improve security and flexibility. But a service mesh is built of proxies, and this adds multiple layers of complexity to already-complex containerized application platforms. Before companies deploy a service mesh, they should consider whether the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

On-Premises for Today’s Roundtable:


Jason Benedicic

Calvin Hendryx-Parker

Ned Bellavance


Stephen Foskett

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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