Yes, all of Layer5's projects are licensed under Apache v2.
Layer5 also offers extensions to the Meshery project in which Enterprise-centric functionality is commercially offered and supported.
As a member of one of Layer5's GitHub organizations, your user account is entitled with triage level permissions across all repositories in the org. You are expected to engage where the topic strikes your interest, triaging (assigning, clarifying, labeling, qualifying) any issue you feel comfortable doing so. You are encouraged to review any open pull request and offer feedback to or ask questions to the author.
Layer5 has a number of GitHub organziations in which it's projects are advanced. See the repository overview below.
The Layer5 community expects you to get as much or more out of your time than you give to the projects. We expect earnest effort from its contributors. What “earnest effort” means is different for each community member as all have different circumstances. Suffice to say, the more you put into your efforts, the greater your reward will be. Most community contributors stay with the project for many months, if not indefinitely. Length of involvement is entirely up to the individual community member. You can expect to be challenged, to be assisted, to learn, to be recognized for your effort and to have your contributions appreciated.
As a member of the Layer5 community, you are expected to be a good representative of Layer5's cultures and values of helping fellow members and paying it forward as we all learn together. You are expected to offer your ideas and skills to help advance our community and its projects. You are expected to share your experiences with others, to be curious, to be helpful, to ask questions, to challenge others and to be challenged yourself, to spread the word about what we collectively do here, to invite new members, to learn, to share, to make friends, to build a network, to write blog posts, to tweet, to become maintainers, to become MeshMates, to earn an internship, to get hired by Layer5 - - any and all of these things.
We might not get to everyone, but we try to elevate the works of all of our contributors. All of our community members are proud of their work and so are we! We want their work and names to be recognized across our collective technology industry. Make sure that you follow and engage with the Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn accounts.
Some community members join to contribute to open source projects, others jump in to put those projects to use, some are here to help cultivate and steward our community, while others are here just to hangout and absorb. All members are most welcome. Make sure that you introduce yourself in the Layer5 Slack and let other community members get acquainted with you and vice-versa.
Service meshes provide visibility, resiliency, traffic, and security control of distributed application services. Much value is promised here, particularly to the extent that much is given without the need to change your application code.
Use of Meshery and the Service Mesh Interface specification help avoid switching costs between service meshes.
The goal of Service Mesh Interface specifications are to provide an abstract, unified method of interacting with a service mesh.
See if your service mesh adheres to SMI specifications at the link below.
Three service mesh abstractions have arisen given the high number of service meshes available (see the Service Mesh Landscape)
Servcie Mesh Performance (SMP) - A standard for capturing and characterizing service mesh performance.
Service Mesh Interface (SMI) - A standard interface for using common service mesh functionality on Kubernetes.
Multi-Vendor Service Mesh Interoperation (Hamlet) - A set of API standards for enabling service mesh federation.
Operators don’t necessarily need to involve Developers to change how many times a service should retry before timing out or to run experiments (known as chaos engineering). They are empowered to affect service behavior independently.
Customer Success (support) teams can handle the revocation of client access without involving Operators.
Product Owners can use quota management to enforce price plan limitations for quantity-based consumption of particular services.
Developers can redirect their internal stakeholders to a canary with beta functionality without involving Operators.
Security Engineers can declaratively define authentication and authorization policies, enforced by the service mesh.
Network Engineers are empowered with an extraordinarily high degree of application-level control formerly simply unavailable to them.
Service meshes provide intent-based networking for microservices describing desired behavior of the network in the face of constantly changing conditions and network topology. At their core, service meshes provide:
A services-first network; A developer-driven network;
A network that is primarily concerned with alleviating application developers from building infrastructure concerns into their application code; A network that empowers operators with the ability to declaratively define network behavior, node identity, and traffic flow through policy;
A network that enables service owners to control application logic without engaging developers to change its code.
Value derived from the layer of tooling that service meshes provide is most evident in the land of microservices. The more services, the more value derived from the mesh. In subsequent chapters, I show how service meshes provide value outside of the use of microservices and containers and help modernize existing services (running on virtual or bare metal servers) as well.
There are many service meshes to choose from as well as a variety of deployment models. Which is right for you and your organization depends on where you are in your maturity curve (Cloud Native skill set), number of services, underlying infrastructure, and how centric technology is to your business.
So, should you deploy a service mesh? More and more the answer is “yes”. Service meshes are quickly becoming a ubiquitous layer in modern infrastructures.
Create your account - avoid having to reconfigure Meshery each time you deploy it. When you use a social account to authenticate to Meshery, your environment configuration persists from session to session. Meshery sources from Mixer Prometheus adapter and uses Prometheus node-exporter.
Rank your deployment - results of performance tests are anonymously collected using the Service Mesh Performance, so that Meshery may provide the public service of ranking the speed of your deployment against that of the rest of the world's users.
As a management plane, Meshery provides value in a number of ways post-adoption of a service mesh. For example, Meshery analyzes your deployments in evaluation of service mesh best practices and patterns, highlighting where you might be deviating. Meshery's Other ways can be articulated in its set of features spanning:
Yes, all of Layer5's projects are licensed under Apache v2, including Meshery.
As the service mesh management plane, Meshery is an extensible platform, offering multiple extension points within which users and partners can customize and extend Meshery's functionality.
To best position your candidancy for an internship with Layer5, engage in the community and its projects. Start contributing and keep contributing. Community members who consistently contribute are the first individuals to be awarded internships when new internship opportunities open up - particularly members who are making significantly impactful contributions.
Understand that internships are assigned as a recognition of work that you are already performing. They are not assigned in the hopes of you becoming a good contributor, but are awarded to support and reinforce efforts that you are already giving. Engage and make an impact on an area of a project. Show your passion for helping move the project forward, willingness to work hard, and capacity to learn.
Recognize that there are many hundreds of contributors and relatively few maintainers and MeshMates. If you don't get an immediate response, don't lose heart. Be tenacious and find a piece of one of the projects to be engaged with and advance.
Continuously. Layer5 has internships starting and stopping frequently. Some internships rigidly start and stop on particular dates, particularly those hosted in partnership with other organizations like the Linux Foundation, Google, MLH, Outreachy, and so on. Internships offered directly with Layer5 often start as a batch of candidates show collective readiness.
We work with individuals to align the timings of the internship with other activities in their life.. Build it into something active and something to be maintained.
Interns that thrive at Layer5 are those that espouse the Layer5 culture of paying it forward. These interns freely help other contributors, understanding that 1) they learn as they teach and assist others, 2) their projects are futhered with more contributors engage, and 3) any contributors path to maintainership is one of enabling others.
Successful interns steward projects naturally as they become a resource to other contributors. These interns frequently become component and/or core maintainers.
Successful interns internalize the fact that the real value of engaging and contributing to projects is the experience gained. They understand that the experience is theirs for the taking and that project maintainers and Layer5 employees want you to seize the opportunity. We consider your success our success and embrace the concept that your meaningful engagement is to all our benefits.
Many Layer5 interns speak at large, public technology conferences like KubeCon, DockerCon, and so on. They write blog posts and share about their experience and learnings on social media. They engage with their whole self.
Many interns become open source maintainers, and have ongoing responsibility to steward Layer5 and CNCF projects.
Representing the largest collection of service meshes and their maintainers in the world, Layer5 is the service mesh company. Creator and maintainer of service mesh standards. Maker of Meshery, the service mesh management plane.