The Aspen Mesh Story

Aspen Mesh is a team of experts with a history in network programmability and infrastructure. We built software that was an early version of service mesh before the term service mesh existed. Our history working with early releases of Istio came from our work with early versions of Kubernetes and the clarity of the value of service mesh due to our experience with containers and container orchestration.

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About Aspen Mesh

Aspen Mesh is an internal incubation within F5 Networks, meaning that we get to move with the focus and agility of a startup, while benefiting from the expertise and heritage of a company that knows how to meet the needs of large, complex enterprises. It’s the perfect combination for bringing service mesh into the enterprise. We can advise on integrating Istio into existing systems to ease migration. We understand the constraints of enterprise systems and can help you navigate them.

Who We Are

Aspen Meshers come from startups and some of the most recognizable companies in the world. Our backgrounds are in different industries, working on a myriad of different problems. Our engineers are experts in Istio, Envoy and Kubernetes, and we can help you make the most out of containerized applications in the enterprise.

Our Idea

The Aspen Mesh team believes in the power of the open source community. We actively contribute to and participate in the Istio, Envoy and Kubernetes communities. We also know open source can be free like a puppy so we’re here to support you on every step of your microservices journey.

Our Approach

Aspen Mesh thinks the way cloud-native infrastructure is changing the way the world operates is a generational shift. We’re intent on driving more efficient and secure operations through a service mesh that is reliable and easy to operate.

Our Executive Team

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Shawn Wormke, Incubation Lead

Shawn’s passion for building small teams focused on bringing emerging technologies to market drove him to co-found and lead Aspen Mesh. With two decades of experience building application networking and security products in companies like Cisco, LineRate Systems and F5, he had seen enterprises transition from hardware to software as they demanded to be more agile. As applications continue to evolve, he envisions a world where developers are unencumbered by infrastructure – and manageability, security and control the business demands are provided by a service mesh.


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Scott Hendrickson, Director of Engineering & Data Science

Scott builds and leads effective data analytics and data science teams. He’s most interested in enabling clever problem solvers, technical experts and passionate story-tellers to address interesting business questions with data. He has a track record of contributing to data strategy and data product creation and evolution.


Julie Jensen, Director of Marketing

Julie has proven she understands how to help startup tech companies grow fast. She thrives when she’s working alongside smart Product and Engineering teams designing something that’s never been seen before. She has led marketing efforts to bring new companies and their first product to market in industries that span B2B SaaS, BI/Data Analytics, enterprise infrastructure (IaaS), robotics and green tech. A nature lover and adventurer, Julie can be found either on a trail or the ski slopes of Colorado.


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