Leveraging the scalability benefits offered by microservices requires certain network architecture considerations.

Network Computing offers some things to keep in mind when preparing to bring microservices online…

In today’s digital sphere, the question is no longer “to be in the cloud or not to be.” Rather, more and more organizations treat the cloud as a resource component added to an increasingly complex infrastructure. To ensure compatibility, many applications are developed directly for the cloud. These cloud-native apps often use a microservices infrastructure, which enables you to separate functionalities into containers.

What are microservices?

Microservices are application services or functionalities separated into containers to enable modular operations. Microservices are often used in cloud-native application architectures. This is because the arrangement enables flexibility and scalability that traditional (monolithic) architectures don’t.

Features of microservice architectures include:

  • A self-contained stack, including database and data models
  • Component communication via API, message brokers, or event streaming
  • Organization using bounded contexts, separating services according to business capabilities

The primary benefits of microservices are that you can more easily update code and applications and can more flexibly deploy components. When updates are made, only the service being updated is affected. Flexible deployment enables services to be scaled independently or reused for multiple applications.

Sagar Nangare via Network Computing

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