Why should I consider Microservices architecture for my next application?

Having developed and managed a wide array of softwares, we clearly understand the benefits and limitations of different software development approaches. With the right approach, you can leverage on your team’s’ expertise to develop a highly functional software that matches your business operations and processes. Lets focus on the microservices architecture, and which happens to be one of the upcoming software development models.

Microservices architecture is a framework that has been used in the recent past to tackle challenges associated with the conventional monolithic approach. Most software engineers and developers have recommended the transformation from the monolithic approach to microservices architecture since it is characterized by futuristic aspects like endpoint-intelligence, enhanced business capability, and a decentralized control of data. The microsystem architecture approach has a myriad of benefits over the monolithic methodology. Below are some of the associated benefits you can use to justify the shift from the monolithic approach to the microservices methodology:

  1. A system development project can be worked collaboratively worked on by different developers: Although microservices-based applications are similar to monolithic applications, they comprise of many tiny components programmed individually and integrated with each other for efficiency. The adoption of microservices can be collaboratively worked on by different developers since their “micro” services are independent.
  2. Microservices architecture approach has a high resilience compared to the monolithic methodology: A single fault in the operation of monolith leads to a complete halt of many parts but with the micro-services approach, only a small portion of the system functionality is influenced when a single service fails (given you have designed and implemented it properly).
  3. Microservices architecture increases the freedom and flexibility of the task force: Since the individual micro services can be programmed independently, the software development team can collaboratively work (even) remotely. Working remotely allows one to work at their most appropriate time of the day, hence instances of burnout and stress are eliminated. Again, owing to the architecture’s flexibility, implementation of modifications to the code is not highly risky as compared monolithic applications.
  4. Fault identification and isolation is quite easy: This is because the interference with some services does not affect the large applications. This reduces both the time and resources spend or forgone in error identification and troubleshooting processes.
  5. The functionality of the microservices architecture is easy to understand: The microservices architecture is relatively easy to conceptualize for new developers and staff due to its simplicity. Minimum time, therefore, is spent in learning how a microservices based system has been developed, making it possible for new developers to acquaint themselves with the system easily.
  6. Microservices are easy to scale in comparison with the monolithic applications: Unlike macro-services, monolithic applications do not allow the separate scaling of individual components but the holistic approach scaling of the entire system. This demands many resources unlike the case in microservices architecture methodology.
  7. Flexible implementation of changes and upgrades: Technology advancements are quite fast and what was described as modern yesterday may be viewed as obsolete tomorrow hence the need to adapt to changes fast. Micro-services allow the flexible implementation of these changes when the need arises.
  8. The architecture allows for the development of application using the best language for each microservice: The approach is appropriate for most softwares as it allows to use the best programming language which can be used to solve the problem. Databases, for example, can apply python due to its high machine-learning libraries while event-processing may adopt java due to its high multithreading capabilities.
  9. This development approach eliminates the undesirable commitment to a single technology: It enables seamless testing and trial of new technologies as dependency concerns are eliminated. This promotes flexibility as new technologies can easily be integrated.

As seen above, microservices architectural approach has numerous benefits and if adopted appropriately, would help transform many organizations to the next level. Many enterprise players, even the big ones like eBay, Netflix, and Amazon have alread transitioned to this model due to its superiority compared to the monolithic approach.

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