Istio vs NGINX

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Istio vs nginx: What are the differences?

What is Istio? Open platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices, by Google, IBM, and Lyft. 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.

What is nginx? A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet. 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.

Istio belongs to "Microservices Tools" category of the tech stack, while nginx can be primarily classified under "Web Servers".

"Zero code for logging and monitoring" is the top reason why over 4 developers like Istio, while over 1437 developers mention "High-performance http server" as the leading cause for choosing nginx.

Istio and nginx are both open source tools. It seems that Istio with 18.9K GitHub stars and 3.21K forks on GitHub has more adoption than nginx with 9.31K GitHub stars and 3.5K GitHub forks.

Airbnb, Uber Technologies, and Spotify are some of the popular companies that use nginx, whereas Istio is used by Entelo, Cuemby, and AgFlow. nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 10607 company stacks & 12951 developers stacks; compared to Istio, which is listed in 51 company stacks and 116 developer stacks.

Decisions about Istio and NGINX
Prateek Mittal
Fullstack Engineer| Ruby | React JS | gRPC at Ex Bookmyshow | Furlenco | Shopmatic · | 4 upvotes · 91.3K views

Istio based on powerful Envoy whereas Kong based on Nginx. Istio is K8S native as well it's actively developed when k8s was successfully accepted with production-ready apps whereas Kong slowly migrated to start leveraging K8s. Istio has an inbuilt turn-keyIstio based on powerful Envoy whereas Kong based on Nginx. Istio is K8S native as well it's actively developed when k8s was successfully accepted with production-ready apps whereas Kong slowly migrated to start leveraging K8s. Istio has an inbuilt turn key solution with Rancher whereas Kong completely lacks here. Traffic distribution in Istio can be done via canary, a/b, shadowing, HTTP headers, ACL, whitelist whereas in Kong it's limited to canary, ACL, blue-green, proxy caching. Istio has amazing community support which is visible via Github stars or releases when comparing both.

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Pros of Istio
Pros of NGINX
  • 10
    Zero code for logging and monitoring
  • 8
    Service Mesh
  • 7
    Great flexibility
  • 4
    Ingress controller
  • 3
    Easy integration with Kubernetes and Docker
  • 3
    Powerful authorization mechanisms
  • 3
    Resiliency
  • 3
    Full Security
  • 1.5K
    High-performance http server
  • 901
    Performance
  • 732
    Easy to configure
  • 608
    Open source
  • 530
    Load balancer
  • 286
    Scalability
  • 285
    Free
  • 222
    Web server
  • 174
    Simplicity
  • 133
    Easy setup
  • 29
    Content caching
  • 19
    Web Accelerator
  • 14
    Capability
  • 13
    Fast
  • 11
    Predictability
  • 10
    High-latency
  • 6
    Supports http/2
  • 6
    Reverse Proxy
  • 6
    Fast and lightweight
  • 4
    The best of them
  • 4
    Lots of Modules
  • 4
    Great Community
  • 4
    Enterprise version
  • 3
    Embedded Lua scripting
  • 3
    Reversy Proxy
  • 3
    Streaming media delivery
  • 3
    Streaming media
  • 3
    High perfomance proxy server
  • 2
    Lightweight
  • 2
    saltstack
  • 2
    Fast and easy to set up
  • 2
    Slim
  • 1
    GRPC-Web
  • 1
    Narrow focus. Easy to configure. Fast
  • 1
    Ingress controller
  • 1
    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
  • 1
    Virtual hosting
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Cons of Istio
Cons of NGINX
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    Performance
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What is Istio?

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.

What is NGINX?

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.

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What are some alternatives to Istio and NGINX?
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.
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.
Kubernetes
Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
Conduit
Conduit is a lightweight open source service mesh designed for performance, power, and ease of use when running applications on Kubernetes. Conduit is incredibly fast, lightweight, fundamentally secure, and easy to get started with.
Kong
Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.
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