Five Microservices Trends in 2020

Author: Charter Global
Published: April 7, 2020

The future of microservices in 2020 will unfold in different and challenging ways. The rate of microservices adoption is growing at a rapid pace as companies strive to take advantage of the increased agility and scalability.

Microservices Trends that will become prominent and pervasive in 2020 include cloud adoption, frameworks, and the critical need for observability. Developers can expect frameworks to evolve for web services to make them faster, lighter, and easier to develop.

1. High microservice market growth

Research and Markets forecast the global cloud microservices market will grow at a rate of 22.5 percent, with the U.S. market projected to maintain a growth rate of 27.4 percent. Companies recognize that the benefits of the microservice architecture and adoption of hybrid cloud across various end-user industries are major factors influencing growth in the microservice market.

Microservices allows a development team to implement a new feature or make changes without having to rewrite a large portion of the existing codebase. As for scalability, the independence of microservices makes it easier for an app to grow and change with increased demand.

2. Cloud adoption

Developers will increasingly move away from locally hosted applications and shift into the cloud. Cloud vendors are following this microservices trend, offering all the tooling to build cloud applications natively. Microsoft can even directly integrate tooling with its own programming languages. Cloud adoption will allow companies to implement working service buses that actually manage the functionality.

Many organizations are transforming from a traditional to a digital mode of business and are using a hybrid cloud—a combination of a public cloud provider with a private cloud. In addition, enterprises will use big data analytics to gain better business insights and consider hybrid cloud services to make significant cost savings operations.

3. Observability Tools

An important and relevant factor that will affect the future of microservices is observability when the application is designed to expose information about its performance and availability. Observability tools allows app support to track all system calls and service interactions in the case of a failure, to determine where things went wrong. Application teams need to get that data to solve problems. Most companies recognize how important observability is for distributed, microservices-based architectures.

IT organizations will benefit from microservices if they determine the best way to implement observability to support their business needs. Developers should identify the right strategy to implement observability tools without creating performance problems. IT organizations will get ahead with microservices if they figure out how to best implement observability.

4. Frameworks for web services

In 2020, developers can expect frameworks to evolve for web services as microservices will make them faster, lighter and easier to develop. Software developers will be able to use a framework for web services as microservices continue to evolve and offer development out-of-the-box capabilities and implementation of the service design patterns and code automatically.

5. Increased demand to update applications

In response to user demands for interactive, rich and dynamic experiences on various platforms, many organizations need to update their applications frequently, sometimes several times a day. Microservices can support the frequency demand. Plus, micro servers provide scalability and agility to the applications having high availability, scalability, and easy-to-execute on the cloud platforms.

Charter Global Client Spotlight: Successful conversion to a microservices design

A Charter Global client converted its monolithic applications to a microservices design which used open source products for cost efficiency. The client experienced several benefits from the new microservices design:

  • Accelerated its deployment schedule
  • Decreased the development team’s time to rewrite 100 services in six weeks
  • Helped to deploy any service with the click of a button
  • Improved the maintenance of the application and performance

The future of microservices

Experts predict by 2022, 90 percent of all apps will be developed using microservices architectures. The demand for software to produce and release software at an accelerated pace has paved the path for a significant spike in microservices. As companies continue to adopt the cloud, they realize the flexibility to try out the new technology stacks that microservices provide. In 2020, microservices architectures will continue to help businesses minimize downtime, optimize resources, and reduce infrastructure costs.