The never ending evolution of technology. It has all of us learning and training for a race that has no finish line.For many years, we have been building systems and somehow we are getting better at it every day.
Architectural patterns is one of many of those evolving practices. The Microservice Architecture is one that has emerged from the world of platform and infrastructure automation, making systems more scalable.
What are Microservices?
Microservices are a distinct method of developing software systems focusing on building single-function modules with a well-defined purpose.The growth in the trend has emerged from teams wanting to become more Agile, allowing for continuous testing.
From Monolithic to a Microservice Architecture
At Messangi, we have worked on moving from a monolithic to microservice architecture. Unlike microservices, a monolith application is built as a single, autonomous entity.This would make any changes and updates to our platform and applications slow, affecting the entire system. A modification made to a small section of code would require building and deploying an entirely new version of software. Ultimately, this made scaling our platform and applications extremely tedious and time consuming.
Why Microservices ROCK.
Microservices have solved the challenges we faced with a monolithic system by being as modular as possible. We have built our microservices around our offered solutions, as a suite of small services. Each service is running in its own process and completely independent from each other, creating a better fault isolation system – if one microservice fails, the others will continue to work. Our microservices are connected via APIs, and leverage many of the same tools and solutions evolving in the modern web service ecosystem.
Microservices have allowed us to start scaling at a much faster pace, helping new team members become productive very quickly. Integrations with third-party systems have a quick turn-around making it feasible and opening the door to many opportunities to come!