Microservices development involves building applications as a collection of self-contained services. This stands...
in sharp contrast to the traditional model of building apps as monolithic, single stacks. But how can microservices benefit enterprise architecture?
The four layers
In large organizations, enterprise architecture involves four layers:
- The business perspective. This includes the goals, objectives and strategy of an organization.
- The application perspective. This involves the various applications that are integrated and that, together, enable the business strategy.
- The information perspective. This layer is about the storage, analysis, usage and policies that govern the use of data within the confines of an organization.
- The technology perspective. This is the infrastructure layer comprised of all devices, servers, cloud instances and networking protocols that enable applications and data.
Microservices development affects all these layers, but in different ways. Let's examine those effects.
Accelerates product pipelines
Microservices empower organizations to be more competitive and achieve their business goals and objectives faster. They do this by delivering efficiencies across the software development pipeline and bringing applications and releases to market quicker.
In the application layer, disparate systems can be better integrated with each other, as there is more parity across applications. Across the board, uniform technologies enable applications to communicate more effectively. This enables cross-team collaboration.
Better data management
Microservices let you decouple application data from code and the underlying infrastructure. This makes data both more portable and more easily available to multiple applications. As data is better organized and processed, it enables completely new possibilities.
Microservices require a different kind of infrastructure from monolithic applications. Rather than powerful single-server setups, microservice-based applications utilize highly distributed clusters of nodes. These clusters can be orchestrated and managed as a single supercomputer. This distributed approach provides high fault tolerance and powerful processing capabilities.
Remember the benefits
Microservices development has far-reaching impact within the enterprise. As you consider moving to a microservices approach, keep in mind all four layers of your architecture that will undergo change for the better.
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