Microservices offer a beautiful opportunity for an enterprise to move away from monolithic architecture in favor of something that is adaptable, reliable, and scalable.
Developers are able to focus on perfecting the parts of applications that really matter instead of worrying about breaking the entire application by changing one small part of it. They’re also able to add on functionality and more microservices whenever they want to because of the general nature of the program
Customers are able to receive consistent and quick updates to an application because everything is self-reliant and can be updated easily.
Innovation is enabled through microservices architecture.
So everything’s perfect, right?
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Integration is Key
It’s tempting to assume that a microservices architecture is simply the same monolithic program from before except just cut into pieces. The buzz surrounding microservices leads to enterprises jumping into the microservices world head-first without thinking about how to make the switch gracefully. People forget that there are entirely new issues that developers need to worry about. The most impactful issue is actually getting these microservices to work together in a cohesive manner.
That’s where APIs and API management comes in. Any enterprise that wants to use microservices architecture needs to make sure they remain consistent in their use of APIs across the board. API setup needs to remain consistent from team to team, otherwise integration between the microservices will be hindered. Without this synchronization of teams, the enterprise could end up losing out on the benefits of microservices and in fact causing themselves more work.
Being able to balance microservices development with API development is tricky. If successful, a monolithic program can become a microservice program while avoiding most of the common pitfalls. If unsuccessful, the architecture switch is probably going to be more trouble than it’s worth and they’ll get passed up by companies who made the switch successfully.
The danger of making this architecture transformation is obvious. If unprepared, it could end up being way more work than it’s worth.
However the benefits of this architecture have to outweigh the dangers for companies that want to succeed in 2017 and onward. If the switch is made correctly, it can be the best thing to ever happen to an enterprise’s architecture. If the switch isn’t made at all, the enterprises that do make the switch have an extreme advantage over the ones that don’t. In a world where standing still means you’re being left behind, it’s important to keep pushing for innovation and new technologies.
An example of microservices and APIs flourishing together can be seen through many of the successful applications on internet. All of the companies making applications in the modern age are almost expected to release public-facing APIs for whatever they’re making if they want to grow and be successful. This leads to more development innovation because developers are able to leverage these APIs to make other useful services. This fast-paced development style profits from the flexibility that microservices architecture offers.
The development world has come up with many architecture plans that help mitigate some of the API management difficulty. Some of the most prominent solutions are to implement large scale API gateways or create microservices conductors internally. Azuqua’s platform is another example of a microservices orchestrator that can bridge these gaps.
Committing to a microservices architecture without committing to an API-focused way of thinking is committing to failure. Enterprises need to find ways to integrate the pieces of their architecture together in order to survive in the future.
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