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DevOps: Monolithic architecture vs Microservices

18th July 2018

In previous posts, we were talking about an important figure that has been developing with time in some companies. Yes, as you may know, we’re talking about DevOps. Maybe “figure” is not the most suitable term since it’s more precisely a methodology, a culture …

The incorporation of DevOps engineers encourages efficiency, communication, and innovation within the organization.

If you’ve just landed on this post and don’t know exactly what DevOps is, we can say briefly that it’s about a term encompassing concepts, techniques and practices focused on the internal development of software.

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Maybe you’re wondering, what does DevOps have to do with monolithic architectures and microservices? Well, a lot, and now you’ll see why.

Before we begin, it is paramount to clarify certain concepts and to know the differences between monolithic architectures and microservices.

Monolithic Architecture

Monolithic applications or systems are characterized by using a single code base for its services and functionalities.

Although they are quite easy to develop, an application that binds together all of its functionalities isn’t the best option, in case you aspire to a more complex growth, with more users, more developers…

Moreover, you should take into account that there’s a big inconvenience regarding these applications, and that is that at the time of a new deployment, the whole system has to be redone from scratch.

Another one of the difficulties of using a monolithic system is the impossibility of working in different environments at the same time (because of loading times), which makes the job tougher for software developers or architects.

Microservices

As an alternative to these monolithic applications, microservices have appeared. An utterly useful option that’s winning over many software developers, and it’s no wonder!

“Microservices architecture seeks to isolate the different components of any application, so as to make each one of them into a separate app on itself.”

We could consider microservices as an evolution of Service Oriented Architecture or SOA, whose functionality is based on the development of independent services to the company, with each one of them associated or integrated to a single standard application.

As opposed to SOA, microservices allow for a specific component to evolve beyond its capacities, by dividing it in smaller elements or by providing it with more resources.

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Now you might have a better understanding of the relationship between DevOps and microservices. Well, they are two practices whose aim is to offer the best agility and operative efficiency to the organization. Many people regard “DevOps” as the key that microservices need to achieve the highest levels of perfection.

“Many people regard “DevOps” as the key that microservices need to achieve the highest levels of perfection.”

The most important benefit of having a microservices architecture is the constant change. The staff in charge of creating applications will welcome these changes as the opportunity to increase their productivity.

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Would you like to know some of the benefits of microservices to the DevOps staff? Pay attention:

  • Security: any problem or failure that occurs to a microservice will only affect it in particular. On the contrary, for monolithic applications, a mistake means the whole monolith is prone to failure.
  • Scalability: Microservices architectures can scale independently by using clusters, groups…
  • Flexibility: Microservices are much easier to work with when compared to monolithic applications. Also, they also allow for the introduction of new frameworks, databases and other resources with little difficulty.

As you can see, the success of your DevOps team is closely related with the use of a microservices architecture. If you want to start right now, in Chakray we offer you the software you need to make the transition between a monolithic architecture to a microservices one as simple as possible. This open source solution is  WSO2. Ever heard of it? Big companies with international influence such as Netflix or Amazon have already adopted microservices, and have been witness to the increase in their competitiveness and productivity. Your company can be next!

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