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Introduction to Service Mesh with Linkerd

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10 weeks
149 USD
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10 weeks
149 USD
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Course description

Introduction to Service Mesh with Linkerd

The service mesh is an increasingly critical component of the cloud native ecosystem, with the Kubernetes ecosystem especially using service mesh projects to add reliability, security, and observability to applications.

In this course, students will learn the basics of the service mesh and the benefits that it provides, and gain concrete, hands-on skills using Linkerd, the open source, ultralight CNCF service mesh for Kubernetes. Students will walk away with practical knowledge of an important cloud native technology which can be applied directly to any cloud native environment.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


  • Intermediate knowledge of Kubernetes is required
  • Comfortable working in a Linux terminal and running a Kubernetes cluster
  • Familiarity with building container images and running them in Kubernetes with kubectl

Training content

  • What Is a Service Mesh?
  • Linkerd and the Service Mesh Ecosystem
  • Linkerd Architecture
  • The Data Plane Starring Linkerd2-proxy
  • The Linkerd Control Plane
  • Linkerd Extensions
  • Deploying Linkerd to a Kubernetes Cluster
  • Getting "Golden Metrics" for Your Applications
  • Using Service Profiles for Per-Route Metrics
  • Retries and Timeouts
  • Securing your Application Communication with mTLS
  • Canary and Blue-Green Deployments
  • Using Linkerd in Production
  • Course Summary and Next Steps
  • Final Exam

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The Linux Foundation, a partner institute of EdX.

3-5 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$149
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • Describe what a service mesh is and contrast it to related technologies
  • Install a service mesh on Kubernetes using Linkerd
  • Use a service mesh to transparently add mutual TLS (mTLS), golden metrics, and blue-green deploys to any Kubernetes application
  • Understand the considerations when deploying a service mesh to production.

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