Data Plane Matters
NGINX Service Mesh (NSM) is uniquely designed around the idea that the “data plane matters”. Leveraging the power of NGINX Plus to operate highly available and scalable containerized environments, we bring a level of traffic management intelligence to the market that no other reverse proxy sidecars can offer. Through building a control plane from scratch, solely focused on the NGINX Plus data plane, NSM delivers a highly optimized service mesh designed for high‑volume and secure container traffic management.
Other service meshes rely on tools from external vendors to provide critical service‑mesh features, or provide just bare‑bones sidecar proxies designed to move packets from one side of a virtual interface to another. NSM is the only mesh designed around a fully integrated data plane, using a custom‑built control plane for this purpose. It’s the only mesh to fully integrate ingress and egress traffic management at the edge within sidecar policies, in a single configuration. Lightweight and focused on Layer 7 application traffic management within clusters, NSM is non‑intrusive, allowing the rest of your tech stack to perform without complications, the way it should be.