- On December 8, 2019
Is your software as agile as it needs to be? Does it have scalability or is it a constant nightmare for your DevOps team to maintain? Can it integrate with new devices and new features? If it doesn’t, maybe it’s time to reconsider your software and move toward a microservices architecture.
What is Microservices Architecture?
Microservices architecture or microservices is a software development style where the software application is modular and is created through autonomous modules. These modules perform a given task and work independently, providing continuous delivery, even when another module is offline. The granularity of these modules is very small. They are designed to handle one task, communicating with the other modules through a common API. The benefits to microservices at the DevOps level is that they allow for continuous integration, even if the module is written in a different software language and allows scalability and simple integration with other modules. As a result, software development goes faster since the interfaces and tasks are well defined.
Benefits to Using Microservices Architecture
There are key benefits to using the microservices architecture over other types of software architecture. These include:
- Faster Deployments and an increase in business agility.
- Offers ease in scalability, thus making it ideal for growing companies.
- Creates autonomous modules with small granularity.
- No need to worry about having a vendor lock since the API controls communication between autonomous modules.
- Easier to produce than other large projects since the project is broken into smaller modules with simple tasks.
- Works well as a platform for cloud native apps.
Let’s look at each of these points.
How Microservices Architecture Provides Benefits for Business Agility
Microservices architecture is key to developing fast, robust apps that allow continuous integration and scalability while also providing autonomous, continuous delivery. Here are the benefits explained further.
1. Faster Deployments and an Increase in Business Agility
Microservices architecture allows for faster deployments since it simplifies the design. Each module is easily constructed and tested, thus giving your business increased agility.
2. Offers Ease in Scalability, thus Making it Ideal for Growing Companies
Microservices architecture by design offers ease in scalability since the modules work autonomously. Need to add more functionality? Add more modules as needed. Need to reduce the size of the load, take some modules offline. Simple and direct.
3. Creates Autonomous Modules with Small Granularity
In microservices architecture, each module is autonomous and handles a small amount of data, rather than huge chunks. The modules can work while other modules are offline and aren’t dependent on other modules to perform their tasks.
4. No Need to Worry About Having a Vendor Lock Since the API Controls Communication Between Autonomous Modules
Too often DevOps is limited to using certain vendor hardware or software to provide scalability and upgrades to systems because of proprietary interfaces. With microservices architecture, modules use API that allows usage of white box hardware and even different operating systems and different software languages. So, information is exchanged through interfacing using a standard API and each modular microservice can communicate with each other, regardless of platform or language it is written in.
5. Easier to Produce than other Large Projects Since the Project is Broken into Smaller Modules with Simple Tasks
The key to microservices is its overall simplicity. Each microservices module handles a simple task and communicates with other microservices using the standard API. Since these modules are self contained and run independently of other modules, producing simple modules are much easier for DevOps to produce rapidly than a larger, more cumbersome app.
6. Works Well as a Platform for Cloud Native Apps
Microservices works with cloud native apps particularly well since they provide the overall interface to other microservices. One microservices module can do a simple conversion of commands from the cloud native apps to the microservices API, thus allowing DevOps to choose whichever vendor cloud solutions are needed. By wrapping the cloud native apps with a translation module, it becomes simple to access the necessary data.
See How Sumerge Can Improve Your Systems with Microservices
At Sumerge, we understand your company needs applications that provide continuous delivery that are still agile, scalable, and allow for continuous integration. We are experts at designing new microservices applications as well as redesigning old monolithic applications and code to fit a more agile architecture. We offer cost effective solutions to your needs. Check us out and contact us today.