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Microservices Architecture: The way forward but with caution!

Updated: May 3, 2023

Over the past few years, Microservices have become increasingly popular in the software industry. When the monolithic application has become bulkier and inflexible, software architects started looking for a more modular type of architectures for software development. Overall, code management can be easier. Developer community adapted this quickly because of the advancement of agile practices. Whereas in the traditional monolithic architecture, there is an interdependency within the software components which make them work together all the time. The developer needs to update the whole application even if one needs to make changes to only a few software components.

The traditional Monolithic Architecture has many flaws, and here are the few.

  1. The development environment will get overloaded and reduce developer productivity because of the large code base packaged in a single file.

  2. It is difficult to change the application’s technology stack because the entire code base is packaged in a single file.

  3. Difficult to refactor the codebase because it is hard to predict how it will impact application functionality.

  4. The entire software application will go down If any single application function or component fails.

  5. Overall development time will be more because every component in the monolithic approach is tied together. It is challenging to work independently to develop or deploy individual components and must remain totally dependent on others.

All these are the reasons the microservice architecture has become quite popular over the years. Originally the idea of microservice architecture is evolved from an SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). Now the microservices are the extensively used architectural solution for designing complex and large web-based software applications. With this approach, Architects could overcome the disadvantages of traditional monolithic architectures.

Advantages of microservices

Microservice architecture is based on a modular approach that makes the entire application in small parts called microservices. These microservices are usually placed inside the containers. Each of these containers is isolated and contains codes, binaries, libraries etc. This allows the developer to work more efficiently with different types of programming languages within the same software application.

Let us check out some of the microservices advantages here.

  1. Simplicity to deploy and update: One of the most significant advantages of microservices is simplifying application deployment and updating processes. Because it is a container-based architecture, the application can be easily modified.

  2. Flexibility to use different technologies: Allows different programming languages, structures, and environments to be used within the system.

  3. Scalability to modify or add resources: Since the services are divided into small parts, microservice architecture provides scalability as you can modify features and resources or add new ones to the application without any issues and conflicts.

  4. Availability to keep working: Microservice architecture design will provide high availability because it allows the microservices to be replicated according to the applications needs and purposes.

  5. Redundancy remains available: Microservice architecture turns redundancy of the application into a straightforward and fast feature and has a high capacity to keep operating and be available to their users.

Conclusion: As a word of caution, a Microservice Architecture will give more trouble than the benefit if the designing of microservices is not carefully done. This goes true with those who migrate the code from monolith to Microservices.

At Intertech Software Development-ISD, the product designs are enabled with highly dynamic micro-service architecture to bridge the gap between traditional application design architecture and container-based micro-service architecture.

ISD has software development capabilities for design and develops high-quality software applications for situational awareness and remote communication in support of businesses to monitor, verify, resolve, and manage events from remote locations.

RAMSYS is one of the flagship software products of ISD and has been built with the most modern Microservice Architecture which enables RAMsys to provide consistent user experiences across a range of platforms, spanning the web, mobile & IoT etc.

ISD also has a secure development environment certified by TUV-NORD after complying with international standards for information security – ISO 27001:2013.

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