IBM istio a easy way to get started with the power of istio + k8s.
Updated May 28, 2020

IBM istio a easy way to get started with the power of istio + k8s.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud Managed Istio

Cloud managed istio is simple to use and setup. It removes a lot of the initial complexity from the application and adoption, and is useful for users just getting into the kubernetes environment. It packages a powerful application while hiding a lot of work behind the scenes. It is worth considering for a) smaller companies without a lot of manpower to implement istio themselves, or b) companies starting to get into k8s, who want to see the benefits quickly. Long term, pricing and scale may affect the decision whether to continue to use cloud managed istio, or self managed istio.
  • Simple
  • Easy to setup
  • Quickly get the benefits
  • More tutorials
  • Simplify management and cost of instrumenting our application.
Istio is more k8s focused than Datadog. Datadog provides better instrumentation than istio, but istio brings security benefits that Datadog does not.

Do you think IBM Cloud Managed Istio delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with IBM Cloud Managed Istio's feature set?

Yes

Did IBM Cloud Managed Istio live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of IBM Cloud Managed Istio go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy IBM Cloud Managed Istio again?

Yes

Well Suited: Small companies trying to grow/scale quickly.

Less Appropriate: Large teams looking to own their infrastructure.

IBM Cloud Managed Istio Feature Ratings

Scalability
9
Platform management overhead
2
Workflow engine capability
8
Platform access control
8
Services-enabled integration
8
Development environment creation
8
Development environment replication
8
Issue monitoring and notification
8
Issue recovery
7
Upgrades and platform fixes
7

IBM Cloud Support and Implementation

My experience with IBM Cloud Managed Istio was impressive. As a tool, it simplified a large amount of the grunt setup work that can come with setting up your own kubernetes cluster. In particular, it takes several useful tools that are hard to initially setup, and sets up an working baseline so that going forwards, you've got a good foundation to build on, and can devote your time to getting your application working, instead of trying to figure out the ins and outs of kubernetes
We did not use IBM professional services to implement istio. Our experience was such that getting it setup quickly did not require assistance. We did however, make use of IBM's training opportunities at kube con 2019, which included a walkthrough setup of istio on IBM Cloud. This provided us with a strong base on which to build.
Basic (free) - My experience with IBM Cloud Managed Istio used the free tier of IBM Cloud support. This was due to us initially only dipping our toe into the world of kubernetes, looking to learn what level of support or experience we needed to make use of this tool. Our conclusion was that it handled a lot of the basic stuff for us, and left us able to easily manage our k8s development. Higher tier support would probably be more useful if we were in a more complex situation with regards to balancing resource requirements and stateful applications.
My experience with IBM Cloud Managed Istio began as our company was looking into using kubernetes. As part of a training/evaluation period, IBM Cloud Support provided training in setting up a kubernetes cluster on the IBM Cloud. My experience was that the instructors we well qualified, and able to easily walk us through using the tool to get things up and running. With their assistance, we were able to get the application up and working to a acceptable baseline faster than we expected, and with a solid foundation to build upon going forward.
  • IBM Cloud Docs
  • Ability to check uptime status for IBM Cloud products
  • Access to IBM and Developer communities through Stack Overflow or GitHub
IBM Cloud Docs provide a useful tool for tracking down issues with IBM Cloud Managed Istio, and are also a good resource for anyone doing comparisions between various cloud vendors. They highlight the benefits of IBM's cloud offerings, as well as provide useful information about getting started with IBM's tools and kubernetes. IBM's stack overflow and github communities are helpful centers for sharing expertise and also provide a useful pool of experienced developers/sysadmins to draw from as companies scale.
IBM has good track record, but we haven't used their support after getting setup initially. However, the training made available by them during our introductory experience was good, and provided us with a lot of useful background knowledge along with guidance on how to address the specific use cases we were looking for.

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