What is Envoy?

Originally built at Lyft, Envoy is a high performance C++ distributed proxy designed for single services and applications, as well as a communication bus and “universal data plane” designed for large microservice “service mesh” architectures.
Envoy is a tool in the Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy category of a tech stack.
Envoy is an open source tool with 22.1K GitHub stars and 4.3K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Envoy's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Envoy?

74 companies reportedly use Envoy in their tech stacks, including Booking.com, StreamElements, and Avito.

197 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Envoy.

Envoy Integrations

Ambassador, AWS App Mesh, Twill, Google Traffic Director, and open-appsec are some of the popular tools that integrate with Envoy. Here's a list of all 5 tools that integrate with Envoy.
Pros of Envoy
Decisions about Envoy

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Envoy in their tech stack.

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We are looking to configure a load balancer with some admin UI. We are currently struggling to decide between NGINX, Traefik, HAProxy, and Envoy. We will use a load balancer in a containerized environment and the load balancer should flexible and easy to reload without changes in case containers are scaled up.

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Envoy Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Envoy?
Istio is an open platform for providing a uniform way to integrate microservices, manage traffic flow across microservices, enforce policies and aggregate telemetry data. Istio's control plane provides an abstraction layer over the underlying cluster management platform, such as Kubernetes, Mesos, etc.
nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.
linkerd is an out-of-process network stack for microservices. It functions as a transparent RPC proxy, handling everything needed to make inter-service RPC safe and sane--including load-balancing, service discovery, instrumentation, and routing.
Trailblazer is a thin layer on top of Rails. It gently enforces encapsulation, an intuitive code structure and gives you an object-oriented architecture. In a nutshell: Trailblazer makes you write logicless models that purely act as data objects, don't contain callbacks, nested attributes, validations or domain logic. It removes bulky controllers and strong_parameters by supplying additional layers to hold that code and completely replaces helpers.
HAProxy (High Availability Proxy) is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications.
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Envoy's Followers
523 developers follow Envoy to keep up with related blogs and decisions.