Netflix, eBay, Amazon, Twitter -they all have evolved from monolithic to microservices architecture at one point. That is because monolith applications can usually not be changed without affecting, and therefore slowing down, the entire underlying system. A planned modification might even require the coding of an entirely new software, which is cost and time intensive. Microservices solve these challenges as they help splitting up an application into a combination of numerous small and independent processes. In addition, risk factors such as a single point of failure can be avoided.
Scalability, speed and execution will play an increasingly big role when speaking in terms of software development and its functionality. Hence the approach of breaking down monoliths into microservices is and will without question be one of the most bespoken topics in the development sector. Not only can the first successful pioneers of microservices architecture be seen on the horizon, but market demand for innovative IT solutions is growing rapidly every year.
“Microservices” became the hot term in 2014, attracting lots of attention as a new way to think about structuring applications. I’d come across this style several years earlier, talking with my contacts both in ThoughtWorks and beyond. It’s a style that many good people find is an effective way to work with a significant class of systems.
Since there is no single definition of microservices architecture, outlining the individual traits of your solution is key to communicate to the public why your approach is of value and success. In case you are tapping into unexplored territory with your approach it is important to outline what is new and has not been seen before. In case you are comparable to already existing solutions, we will focus on clearly differentiating you and the benefits you bring in comparison to your competition.