Why DevOps and Microservices Work Best Together
DevOps and Microservices are two very important technological trends that have emerged recently. Both practices were designed to provide professional efficiency and better agility for enterprises.
Monolithic App Conversion
The microservices architecture was formed using DevOps ideologies that are in use by major companies such as Facebook, Netflix, SoundCloud, and Amazon. Most of these companies, in fact, started out with monolithic applications and grew rapidly into decomposed services. Their communication via network-based messaging protocols such as RESTful APIs eventually evolved into the microservice architecture.
Microservices and DevOps went beyond converting monolithic apps into decomposed services. Basically, DevOps-centric companies changed the way they work: their approaches to software development, development cultures, organizational structures and a strong affinity to cloud-based automation and infrastructure. The same is true with companies with a success record using microservices; they both drive towards development, scalability and speed. These also became the values in agile development.
With the adoption and growth of agile methods, other innovative microservices-based concepts began to emerge. One good example is Continuous Integration (CI). The CI concept combines agile ideologies with microservices to expedite the production and release of software, leading to the development and practice of Continuous Delivery (CD). CD has a quality-centric ideology that aims to speed up production of shippable goods.
DevOps and Microservices Changed the Game
The microservice architecture introduced changes that were well received by most modern application creators. The result of this is evident, as the productivity rate is now higher and more flexible. Scalable solutions are now delivered to clients requesting such applications.
Here at Charter Global, we have been able to deploy microservices in our DevOps fields to create automated tasks in sustainable and high-performing environments. We can do this in both smaller and larger scales. Here are some benefits of the DevOps-microservices synergy:
- Reliability: Only minimal errors are experienced with microservices. This is because faults with a microservice function only affect that microservice and its consumers, unlike a monolithic application where a fault can cause the whole monolith to fail.
- Availability: It takes little downtime to release a whole new version of a particular app using microservices.
- Deployability: With microservices, expect increased agility, which makes it extremely easy to update and upgrade into newer versions of a service. Agility makes the build shorter and faster, as well as the testing and deploying cycles. This also enables flexibility, service specificity in the replication, security, persistence, and monitoring of configurations.
- Scalability: You can scale a microservice independently using grids, pools and/or clusters. This characteristic is what makes microservices compatible to cloud’s elasticity.
- Modifiability: Imagine the possibility of easy modification due to its flexibility to new frameworks, data sources, libraries, and other valuable resources.
- Management: DevOps and Microservices leverage agile methodology, which divides the application development effort across smaller and more independent teams.
DevOps works best with Microservices to bring about additional productivity using a common tool set that functions perfectly with both development and operations. Here at Charter Global, we have mastered this synergy but have not stopped innovating.