Istio Workshop

The Godzilla of Service Meshes

Istio can add security, observability, and reliability to your application, but it comes at a cost. Break through the complexity with our Istio workshop.

Kubernetes has transformed how we run workloads in the cloud, but it doesn't give us much control over the network. Service meshes provide that layer for us. By owning all connections that pass through your system, they can transparently apply routing rules, security policies, and reliability, while increasing observability.

But they are extremely complex and incur a significant operational burden.


Past Graduate

Our Istio Workshop will distill the concepts, cut through the complication, and help you know when and how to apply Istio to your workloads.


K8s Networking Review

  • Review the core Kubernetes networking concepts
  • Pod networking, Services, Ingress.


  • What is a service mesh
  • Istio Architecture
  • Getting Started


  • Installation Methods
  • Customizing Installation

Ingress & TLS

  • CertManager + Istio == ❤️
  • Terminating TLS with Istio
  • What Ingress can’t do

Traffic Management

  • Load Balancing
  • Weighted Routing
  • Path-based routing
  • Header-based routing
  • Source-label-based routing


  • Timeouts
  • Retries
  • Circuit Breaker
  • Fault Injection
  • Controlling via Client Headers
  • Application best practices


  • Authn & Authz
  • PeerAuthentication
  • RequestAuthentication
  • AuthorizationPolicy
  • mTLS & JWT


  • Grafana
  • Kiali
  • Jaeger


  • Compare Linkerd to Istio
  • Explore observability and security
  • Configure retries & timeouts

The 411

This workshop is delivered over three afternoons or mornings. Each session consists of four hours of lecture and labs with open Q&A at the end of each day — 12 hours in total. The price is $17,400 and attendance is limited to up to 28 students.


Rob Salmond
Engineer & Lead Trainer
Serving an extended sentence in the YAML mines. Claims innocence.

Andrea Giardini
Kubernetes Trainer
Interested in unconventional ideas, people and lifestyles.

Intended Audience

This course covers advanced Kubernetes concepts. We recommend this course for your application delivery and platform operations teams.

To get the most out of this subject, students should come prepared with a deep understanding of Kubernetes, A good place to start is our Core Kubernetes and Programming K8s courses.

This is just one of the many great courses in our cloud-native curriculum!

Reach out to schedule the best workshop your team's ever attended.

The SuperOrbital Difference

We're infrastructure experts with a reputation for delivering great work. Here’s how we're different:

Battle Hardened

We bring real experience.

We don't just teach: we do. We've wrestled with Kubernetes, Terraform, Istio, Docker and all of the others in real production situations. We've used them in anger. We know where the tools fall down and what the documentation hides.


We give the best advice for your situation.

We believe in cloud native solutions, but we aren't beholden to any vendor. Every situation is unique, and every tool has flaws. We help you understand how the technologies work together to solve your problems. We guide you away from the tools that are hype, and toward those that have proven their worth.

Intensely Hands-On

More than 50% of the time spent in labs.

That's not a typo. We don’t believe in static, podium-based training with some boring instructor talking at you.

Instead, SuperOrbital courses immerse you in an active learning environment where you can internalize the lessons through collaboration and hands-on workshops. The end result is knowledge that sticks, and a foundation for true expertise.


You can't understand the big picture without the details.

We dig deep into a topic, when creating our content. We tease apart every aspect, breaking it down into it's atomic parts. Then we rearrange them into an order our students can easily digest and remember. Our content goes deep, giving you a foundational understanding of how things work under the hood.

Remote first

We're passionately remote-first, and our training shows it.

The days of hours wasted commuting to work are coming to an end, and good riddance. SuperOrbital has always been a passionately remote-first company, and we bring that to our training.

Why travel out of town to sit in a hot, crowded, uncomfortable room for days at a time? Our workshops are taken from the comfort of your own home, and at a schedule that encourages deep learning.

Each of our workshop days consists of three hours of training and a one-hour Q&A session. This helps keep the training active and inspiring, and gives plenty of time for the knowledge to gel.

Need more convincing? Let's talk!

How it works

Engaging with us to provide a workshop for your team is easy. Reach out to get started.



We'll schedule a time to meet, discuss your needs, your team's experience level, and how we can help. Once we agree on an outline and a delivery date, we're ready to go!



Each workshop day consists of three hours for lecture and labs, and one hour for open questions. We always have one instructor and one TA on hand to ensure things go off without a hitch.


Follow Up

We follow up afterward to ensure the workshop exceeded your expectations, and to help with whatever new hurdles your team may be facing.

Schedule the best training your team will ever attend, today!