Technology debt is common in existing organizations and easy to create in startup organizations. This plague is often compounded by architectural strategies (or lack thereof) that result in large, monolithic internal systems that can’t be maintained. Microservices architecture is an alternative that creates a modular, scalable environment that allows existing legacy components to be easily replaced. This creates a future where technical debt is minimized by a flexible, replaceable set of individual architectural components.
In a microservices world, each service encapsulates a single function that supports the business. Each individual microservice exposes a well-documented API that can be used for communication with other microservices, unmigrated legacy systems, or partners. Likewise, each microservice has an independent lifecycle, allowing developers to build, test, and release them independently.
There are several core advantages to a microservices architecture:
- Microservices can be built with diverse technologies — choose the best option for the problem at hand.
- Each service has an independent lifecycle.
- Microservices are easily scalable — allocate resources to the services that need them most.
- Well-defined, independent services facilitate understanding and thorough testing.
- Innovation is readily supported through re-combination and addition of other microservices.
- Within the organization, the appropriate team can easily own its services.
Winning with microservices requires clear alignment and architectural guidance, along with core infrastructure functionality such as rapid provisioning, monitoring, and application deployment. Rule4 can help you make the leap into the microservices world while avoiding common missteps and unifying the development, operational, and infrastructure stakeholders who are necessary for success.
Contact Rule4 to tackle your microservices challenges and erase (and prevent) technology debt.