We believe that service meshes will be absolutely central to the future of networking. When networks only connected physical machines, we needed physical networks. Then with the rise of compute virtualization, we needed network virtualization to provide networking services to virtual machines. Now, with the rise of microservice architectures and APIs for everything, we need networking tools that are suited to the task of interconnecting services that communicate via APIs. To be clear, service meshes do a lot more than “just” networking–providing observability, for example–but then again, networking equipment has done a lot more than provide connectivity for many years as well.