Microservices Architectures Are Here to Stay
Like many with me, I have considered microservices architectures just for a select few forerunners, like Netflix, PayPal, Uber, Twitter, Airbnb, Lyft, and Spotify, but recently I’ve realized that this is a path that most organizations will have to take sooner or later on their digital transformation journey.
In the animated image you can see how Netflix is monitoring their 500 services or so in real-time, and each white dot is a request. On the left is the load balancer and on the right are the databases, and the most crowded paths of requests in the middle are their APIs.
When a new approach to building digital solutions comes along, the instant impression that you have to start over is usually not true. When mobile apps came along, a lot of what we already knew was valid, and the new stuff was mostly on the client side, with new operating systems and programming languages to learn. With the Internet of Things, apart from the hardware and the embedded code, even some parts on the server side changed, with new protocols and ways to handle large amounts of real-time data. But when it comes to building systems with microservices architectures, it’s actually a drastic change on many levels, and not only related to technology[...]
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