Microservices are one of the hottest topics in the technology world and many organizations like Netflix, Amazon to name a few have already adopted the concept of microservices. The reason is simple, it is unique, makes complex solutions easily, boosts productivity, is agile, and is great for distributed teams. But, in recent years, when technology is rapidly evolving, people have started to ask themselves if microservices are still the same thing as it was in the last decade?
Today, we will discuss in-depth trends and traditions in Microservices.
Have Microservices changed over the years or is it still the same?
The main idea behind microservices is to make some applications easier to build and maintain when they are broken down into smaller components that work together. Each component is continuously developed and maintained separately. However recent technologies have given rise to new tools and techniques to meet the needs of businesses. The initial microservices where we just take monoliths and break them had some problems.
There were a lot of challenges in the initial phase of the microservices, but after the introduction of the architectural patterns, we can now have a better understanding of the patterns. This in general has evolved the microservices architecture.
Common Antipatterns in Microservices
While implementing microservices, we can see so many antipatterns coming up over and over again. The obvious one is that when people believe it is like a magic wand. People tend to think if their software delivery is slow, they can go to microservices and everything will turn out great. But the reality is quite different. If your software delivery is low because of your slow process or lack of automated testing or maybe the code is unmaintainable, adding microservices will only double your problem rather than solving them.
You need to clean everything before you are planning or thinking of planning to adopt microservices. Microservices do not solve all the problems but are a part of the solution process.
It is all about understanding what your problem is and working on it. When we talk about antipatterns we have seen a lot of use cases where the microservices were adopted but the code was not well-maintained and it became difficult to deploy. Organizations should not aim for measuring success based on the number of microservices they have. Understand the cultural shift and the root of the problem.
A distributed transaction spans various databases across networks. When you have lots of services, you may end up coordinating transactions across the microservices. It is surely a nightmare. The best solution if you need distributed transactions is to bring all the things together in one single place.
You can also consider refactoring your architecture so that you can move some of the data and update it all in one place in a single transaction. Distributed monolith is something we have seen quite often while working with various clients, there are so many microservices and entity service antipatterns. Especially, when you are transitioning from a monolith into microservices you must put everything together along with transactions.
Relationship Between Kubernetes and Microservices
In recent times, we are seeing Kubernetes going hand in hand with microservices. These both are often used interchangeably. Kubernetes has influenced microservices in so many ways. Kubernetes provides us with a container orchestrator which helps in deploying the containers. However, it is not only about deploying but the additional functionalities that it brings like scalability.
We also have functionalities like declarative configuration and decoupling from the physical layer. It enables applications to be deployed at a faster speed and offers reachability, automation, scalability, readiness, and many others. Package it with a tool like a docker to make it ready to be deployed within a cluster.
Influencing Management and Leadership to Adopt Change
The biggest challenge is to convince people to adapt to the change. Sometimes companies become so adamant that they do not want to change a single thing of what they are doing. Many organizations still count on their old monolith deployed on-prem and then they had difficulty testing it.
We have encouraged many organizations to take that big step. Every business wants to have a differentiator which helps them to deploy the functionalities to the customers quickly. You need a platform that can reduce the cost of maintaining infrastructure and also help you in getting more control. You need to have doors open for new technologies and ride towards more profit.
The main difference that you see between organizations that have adopted new technologies and those that don’t is that they have got great transformational leadership. They have built a learning culture both for the team and the management and leadership. This is the thing most organizations are missing and going on doing the same things over and over again. If you do not adapt and learn new technologies, you will lose most of the market space.
Next Evolution of Microservices
We need to and must talk about the future of microservices and the next big thing we should be looking forward to. There are a couple of tools that we use when it comes to application development. When we talk about Kubernetes, it is all about the cluster, how we define applications. But, there has been a shift and the focus has gone towards application developers. Now you will be able to define the applications in code in configuration and deploy them across clouds.
Another amazing tool is Gitpod. Gitpod codifies the local environment and is a huge enabler when someone is enabling an application locally. If they find any bugs, they can fix them.
Another prominent tool is GitOps. It is a mechanism that lets you store the desired state of applications within Git repositories. Along with technologies, there are a lot of things that are changing. There is a massive explosion in monitoring, logging, and container orchestration. If you will try to build keeping future problems in mind you can have your code maintained.
Ksolves Microservices Development Services
With our 10 years of experience, Ksolves stands out as one of the leading microservices development companies across the globe. We have the art of modernizing legacy IT systems. From development to integration and customization, our microservices experts can handle pretty much anything. With 24*7 assistance and budget-friendly services, we are leading the game. We follow the trends and bring to you the best-suited solutions.
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