5 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Microservices

Author: Charter Global
Published: October 1, 2019

Microservices scale the complexity of multiple processes in lightning speed. Microservices are quickly becoming popular in financial organizations and eCommerce.

1) What Exactly are Microservices?

Scaling and changing large applications can be difficult. On the other hand, the task is much simpler when smaller components are involved. At this point, microservices are a great and quick solution. In simpler terms; microservices refer to splitting up the big monolithic applications to create really small, loosely components that are coupled. As a result, changing and scaling applications is easy.

2) Would Microservices be useful for my company, organization, or startup?

Determining whether microservices are fit for your organization should be the first step in your assessment of it’s usefulness. As an organization, if you desire to deploy in a super-fast manner or effect changes on the system in a really quick way, microservices are the answer.

Companies should take cue from renowned organizations such as Netflix, Amazon and Uber — these are able to make tons of hundred changes on a daily basis by adopting microservices.

3) How does open source technology complement Microservices?

How does open-source complement microservices? By choosing microservices, the need for substantial application infrastructure support will also arise — since it would be necessary to leverage tools for communication management between services, plus the need to accomplish auditing, logging, monitoring, as well as service discovery.

Before now, a lot of the tooling was based on open-source technologies. A number of organizations took advantage of the open-source tools in a combined component to design their own microservices platform. However, as established cloud vendors natively support these features on their platform, this is starting to change.

4) Who benefits from Microservices?

The sectors that are massively using this architecture heavily include e-commerce platforms and online retail companies such as Amazon. The BFSI sector is another sector that is heavily leveraging this infrastructure.

This industry sits on tons of legacy applications. Besides, present-day banking requires digital business technology support — for example, is mobility as well as loT. The model involved requires systems to feature a design that is service-oriented.

5) What is some advice for adopting Microservices technology?

According to experts, chief technology officers and entrepreneurs seeking to integrate microservices should pay attention to the following;

  • Focus more on people and processes. Those who are not familiar with concepts such as DevOps and agile and do not embrace automation CI/CD would not be able to leverage microservices —- as good as the design is.
  • Do not rush in to adopt the model because of its popularity. Instead, take a pragmatic strategy and determine if scalability or hyper agility is suitable. Otherwise, go for something that is more suitable at the present level of the business.
  • It is important to say that migrating to a highly distributed design like microservices does not get rid of the complexity. Instead, the complexity contained in the monolithic applications is now being distributed between services. And, the management required at this level is huge and necessitates changing the team structure.