Microservice Architecture, or just Microservices, is an eccentric software development process that assembles applications as a collection of small independent services, around a business specialization model.
With the modern software development industry witnessing rapid growth in startup companies, Microservices is stepping up to become the next big thing, the same way Agile took the hype a decade earlier. And, if you are one of the ‘want-to-be entrepreneurs’ and if there are any doubts or queries lingering in your mind, then read on and find how the microservice architecture aids to solve the issues most startups get stuck up with. Well, you might as well agree as to why this just looks and feels extremely right for you!
Well, to start, it is evident that different customers or users from different devices are always trying to use various services in a product, like searching for logs, building and generating reports, creating alerts, other management activities.
Since these services, or modules, are independent, these are separated based on their functionalities and distributed to individual microservices.
These categorized microservices run their functionalities and capture data in their individual databases.
The microservices communicate through a stateless server and perform operational aptitudes like automation, monitoring.
At this stage, all the functionalities are communicated to the customers or users via the API Gateway. Now, since all the internal modules are connected via API Gateway, anyone who connects to the API Gateway automatically gets connected to the complete system.
Why Microservices are used?
Okay, let me get this straight up, the reason why microservices thrives in so many things for startups (especially) is that it covers up for the flaws which conventional procedures failed to offer. Despite looking a bit out of the blue, this architecture is a ‘goldmine,’ especially for the developers working on distributed systems.
Generally, when software engineers were creating mostly large, uniform applications and its architecture would include all the business activities for a single application. It seemed all sunny until the requirements of the application grew, and so did the uniformity.
The architecture is designed around the needs, patterns, and, trends of today’s business industry. And although not every business must have the same needs as the others, a startup organization does have different needs and requirements than an enterprise-level organization, so, microservices help to scale the requirements according to need.
Microservices are easily adaptable and are uniquely and powerfully flexible around the needs of startup organizations. Also, business leaders get an opportunity to ensure that they create applications more quickly than if they opted for the Monolith (uniformity) approach
Following ways demonstrate how the Microservice Architecture and its methods will likely come to your assistance:
- Microservices support Agile development, so, any new feature or add-ons can be quickly developed or rejected.
- Easy integration and automatic deployment using open-source continuous integration tools.
- Easy to understand process, thus can help a new team member become quickly productive.
- Versatility, when it comes to making changes in the code.
- Reliability and better fault isolation: Even if one feature of the system does not work, the entire system or other parts of the system do not get affected.
- Super flexible: Applications can be developed using different technologies.
- Applications can be scaled easily as every time the application needs to be updated, the complete system does not have to be rebuilt.
- Microservices supports continuous development and many features of the applications can be built and deployed at the same time.
- It also supports rapid development as applications do not take a lot of time to be built since each and every feature is independent.
How Popular is Microservices?
Currently, numerous startups and enterprises are seen to be opting for microservices, hoping that this new architecture could solve all of their overseen technical issues.
Growing and upcoming companies like Netflix, Amazon, eBay, Uber, Airbnb, PayPal, and so on have shifted to a microservices architecture as it aids in scaling and simply replace certain parts of the system easily.
The trend is growing, and many innovative companies have decoupled their applications into smaller pieces because this technology allows them to do so.
Microservices, although having very few areas of setbacks, mostly in maintaining consistency in operation and distribution, leaves no stone unturned as it helps the developers to overcome all the challenges faced with the previous architecture and also helps build, deploy, and scale up easily.
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