Over 63% of organizations are using microservices – a global survey by Camunda reveals. The statistics make it clear that microservices are becoming mainstream. Also, the majority of companies are adopting microservices architecture to achieve significant results.
While microservices have created a buzz around, organizations are thoughtlessly adopting their practices. It is true that microservices have several benefits. But they often overlook the tradeoffs it brings along. The intricacies, skillsets required to integrate the new system and data management abilities can be overwhelming for unprepared organizations.
Hence, companies should consider certain aspects before making the decision of switching to microservices to be able to enjoy the essence of microservices.
Here are 5 crucial considerations businesses shouldn’t miss on:
1. Understanding Microservice Architecture
To leverage the microservices architecture, it is important to understand its know-how. For most of the companies, MICROservices is all about building macro services and well-defined system design. For some others, it is an efficient way to modernize their business processes. Some believe building too many small services would fulfill their purpose while others ruin it by developing too big microservices. Amid these inadequacies, the real meaning and business objective is lost.
Well, microservice architecture is based on the principle of building applications as a set of small functionalities, each with its own process and lightweight channels for interaction.
To make the most out of it, it is crucial for businesses to align the concept of microservices with their business goals and then take the decision. Hence, only with proper understanding, planning, documentation, and testing can businesses achieve the desired results.
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2. Deciding on the Technology Stack
Choosing the right technology stack (programming language, cloud provider, testing and logging framework, storage, infrastructure, monitoring) for monolithic architecture is difficult. However, it is even more difficult with microservice architecture as you need to do this for each microservice. Here, choosing standardized technology seems pointless. Moreover, shifting between teams becomes harder if every team is using a different technology stack.
Hence, before deciding to opt for microservice transformation, businesses should decide if they should go for a default stack across the application or need a different stack for their microservices. Determining the pros and cons of each case might help in making the right decision.
Considerations for selecting the right technology:
- Appropriate for a specific microservice use case.
- Competencies of your development team.
- Offers a lot of support (e.g. resources, community).
- Availability of libraries that could be used to speed up the project.
- Fault tolerance, maintainability, and scalability.