What is linkerd?
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.
linkerd is a tool in the Microservices Tools category of a tech stack.
linkerd is an open source tool with GitHub stars and GitHub forks. Here’s a link to linkerd's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses linkerd?
39 companies reportedly use linkerd in their tech stacks, including main, Monzo, and StreamElements.
80 developers on StackShare have stated that they use linkerd.
Pros of linkerd
- Adaptive load-balancing
- Fine-grained instrumentation
- Abstractions over service discovery
- Runtime traffic routing
- Tech that's built for scale
linkerd Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to linkerd?
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