moving to microservices

Is moving to microservice architecture really worth it?

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The concept of microservices has been around for quite a few years, but they are entering mainstream now. With companies like Amazon, eBay, Netflix, LinkedIn, Uber, and PayPal, being among a few of the leading names who have already moved to microservices.

Following the footsteps of these web-giants are the organizations of every size that are either using microservice architecture in development or investigating them – especially those facing maintenance or scalability issues.

But is moving to microservices a good idea? What kind of value can this approach bring to your business, and what are its major benefits? Let’s find out in the following points!

[1] The on-demand flexibility and dynamic scaling 

Considering the warp-speed changes in consumer demands and preferences, any business may have to deal with scalability issues in the future, particularly when a product is launched and experiences a sudden spike. 

If your application is developed using microservices, it presents you with significant flexibility and scalability compared to legacy monolith systems. The framework allows you to scale up or down each discrete service independently while simplifying the selection of technology stack for any specific functionality of your service. 

[2] Increased speed of deployment 

The microservice architecture aligns easily with such practices as Agile, DevOps, and continuous integration / deployment (CI/CD).  You will see a dramatic increase in deployment speed when you migrate to microservices.

As each service in a microservice architecture implements only a unique functionality, it becomes easier to find, modify, deploy, and perform QA testing on every service separately. 

Also, it allows for independent team collaboration, enabling different teams to work on multiple modules simultaneously and move forward; without waiting for any other team to get the job done before starting theirs.

[3] The minimal impact of failure 

In contrast to traditional monolithic applications, a microservice architecture does not allow one small error to impact or delay the deployment of more than one function in your application. 

Since each service is developed as well as deployed independently, it acts as a separate entity, and failure of one will not cause any harm to other services. Thus, risk is reduced and your system enjoys increased resilience. 

[4] Faster Release Cycles

Compared to monolith structural design, you develop smaller components in microservice architecture. This means you can release microservices quickly and bring your product to the market faster. And that’s something that can give you the edge considering the competition in this modern world. 

[5] New technology adaption

Microservices are a future-proof strategy because when the innovations happen or the technology is updated disrupting your application’s development process, it’s much easier to adapt them by replacing or upgrading the services due to their individuality, without affecting your application entirely.