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Introduction to Service Mesh with Linkerd (LFS143x)

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Introduction to Service Mesh with Linkerd (LFS143x)

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Course Overview

Learn the basics of service mesh and get hands-on practical experience with Linkerd, the open source, open governance, ultralight service mesh for Kubernetes hosted by CNCF, including transparent mTLS, golden metrics, traffic shifting, and multi-cluster communication.

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This course is designed for site reliability engineers, DevOps professionals, cluster administrators, and developers who want to learn more about service mesh and Linkerd. Before enrolling, students should understand the core Kubernetes resource types and be comfortable reading and writing YAML. In addition, students should know how to work in a Linux terminal environment and run a Kubernetes cluster on their computer or in the cloud. It is also useful to be familiar with building container images and running them in Kubernetes using kubectl.

After completing this course, you will be able to use the Linkerd CLI and UI to deploy and operate Linkerd, as well as to secure, observe, and add reliability to your Kubernetes applications.

What you’ll learn:

Once you’ve completed this course, you will understand what a service mesh is, what it is good for, and how it relates to the rest of the cloud native ecosystem. You’ll understand how to use Linkerd to deliver on the service mesh value propositions of security, reliability, and observability to Kubernetes applications. Finally, you’ll have the practical knowledge that you need to confidently run Linkerd in a production environment.

Course Syllabus:

  • Welcome!
  • Chapter 1. What Is a Service Mesh?
  • Chapter 2. Linkerd and the Service Mesh Ecosystem
  • Chapter 3. Linkerd Architecture
  • Chapter 4. The Data Plane Starring Linkerd2-proxy
  • Chapter 5. The Linkerd Control Plane
  • Chapter 6. Deploying Linkerd to a Kubernetes Cluster
  • Chapter 7. Getting “Golden Metrics” for Your Applications
  • Chapter 8. Using Service Profiles for Per-Route Metrics
  • Chapter 9. Retries and Timeouts
  • Chapter 10. Securing Your Application Communication with mTLS
  • Chapter 11. Canary and Blue-Green Deployments
  • Chapter 12. Using Linkerd in Production
  • Chapter 13. Course Summary and Next Steps?
  • Final Exam (Verified Track only)

Course Details

Length: 10 weeks

Effort: 3-5 hours per week

Level: Beginner

Price: Free

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