This opportunity is based in Lausanne

Service mesh evaluation Framework (Internship / Diploma Thesis)


In a context of digital transformation where enterprises must provide services online and quickly adapt to business changes, new architecture patterns emerge, i.e. API and microservices architecture.

API are façades on top of downstream services implementing business functions, e.g. order management. Their exposition to consumers is well managed and secured through API management solutions. We call it north/south traffic management.

Downstream services can be organized as a set of microservices interacting with each other in order to implement business functions. The management of these interactions, known as east/west traffic, is quite complex and requires specific architecture patterns and tools. This is where the concept of service mesh comes into play. Service meshes are quite mature but still new, and the market is moving fast. In this context, ELCA aims at providing an evaluation of different mesh implementations.

In this role

The objectives of this internship include:

  • Explore the possible integration patterns including asynchronous east/west integration, suitability in hybrid cloud topologies and compatibility with Serverless technologies
  • Build an evaluation framework for mesh implementation
    • Describe the challenges of microservices and service mesh
    • Define a set of evaluation criteria (performance, monitoring, security, …)
    • Define an assessment guide allowing to help in deciding if a service mesh provides benefits in a particular context
  • Evaluate and shortlist 3 vendors based on the criteria defined in the framework
  • Setup a PoC environment, and evaluate the 3 selected vendors with the PoC

What we offer

Join our team as intern and you will find a young, dynamic and culturally diverse working environment.

About your profile

  • Software development: Java or Go or Python or .Net or Node.js
  • DevOps: knowledge of containerization such as Docker
  • Interest in microservices

If you are INTERESTED in applying for this position, please send us your complete application (CV, cover letter, letter of reference, diplomas and certificates).

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