Microservices Agile Software Driving Business Value
Gone are the days when the software industry relied on building and deploying single-tiered monolithic applications. Today, micro-services is the leading architectural pattern for building enterprise applications that require high agility, modularity, and scalability.
In today’s world, adaptability to technology is a vital ingredient for the innovation and continuous success of businesses. We hope the knowledge of micro-services will lay you a foundation to evolve your business to the next step.
What is Micro-service?
Microservices is an architecture designed as a pool of loosely coupled, single task-oriented services. When these services are structured together, they can solve a large, complex business problem.
The service units that build up the micro-services architecture are highly maintainable, testable, and independently deployable. They use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to communicate with each other. So, agile software programmers have the freedom to write services in different languages using divergent technologies. Because of that, micro-services can be easily applied to DevOps and Agile work environments that modern software project management is heading today.
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Micro-services Agile Software: Into the Background
Indeed, both the architectures carry similar characteristics. The differentiating factor is the scope. The Service-Oriented Architecture is an enterprise-wide paradigm across a suite of applications. Whereas, micro-services architecture is limited to the scope of developing a single application. So, there is a high possibility that you feel you already knew microservices architecture and feel like it has already been adopted into your production system. But, in reality, maybe not yet.
Monolithic to Micro-services Strategy
Even within an SOA architecture, we all used to have monolithic applications before introducing the microservices strategy. So, we need to shift from monolithic to micro-services paradigm to develop new applications as well as to revamp legacy applications to micro-services architecture.
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Five Pro Tips to Implement Microservices Business Value Strategy
1. Never rush; set goals and start small
2. Separate databases per micro-service
Consider how you segregate the data storage to each constituting microservice. This is a step that you should follow at the planning stage of migrating to microservices. You can make use of architectural patterns such as Command and Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) to deconstruct the primary database as per tasks carried by each micro-service.
3. Pair automation with micro-services
Also, since the micro-services paradigm is essentially a cloud-native approach, we advocate using container technology to build and deploy applications easily and with a minimum time to market into the cloud.
4. Monitor, monitor, and monitor
There are open source monitoring software such as Prometheus, Grafana, Influxdb as well as many other enterprise-level proprietary monitoring tools you can choose from. However, it is best to evaluate an open-source monitoring tool during your first few microservices projects to understand the logging and monitoring capabilities that better suit your agile software application ecosystem.
5. Manage dedicated infrastructure for hosting micro-services
However, given above are only a few major go-to pro tips to kick start the process of migration to microservices. If you’d like to find out more in-depth information about how to design, implement, and manage micro-services for business value or if you’d just like to consult an expert about your own needs in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact Cloud Computing Technologies today.