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You won’t need code for mutual TLS, certificate rotation, routing, canary load balancing, tracing, logging, service ACL, retries, circuit breakers, cross-region failovers and so on. The out of process proxy model makes these features portable across multiple stacks and programming languages too, which is a nice benefit.

Oh. Well, I hate managing many of those things, so maybe I am sold on the idea at this point. The key for me would be to find some case study of converting a traditional setup to use one of these so that I could get a grasp on where you actually start for wiring it up.

I have Consul going, and making decent use of it for discovery, and have a feeling that Consul Connect may be a half-assed version of what you're describing; but I don't hear of many people using it.

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