The unique role of microservices in web trends

Felipe SilbersteinAugust 22, 2022

Microservices are now key to any digital platform. A 2020 report by SmartBear said that 65% of people surveyed believed microservices will be the technology behind the digital ecosystem’s growth in the next few years, revealed.

The unique role of microservices in web trends

Microservices growing at the ecosystem cloud

We believe that microservices are the best. They’re independent software pieces carrying out their respective functions and have their own resources. Although microservices were first developed on-site, now the trend is creating them in cloud environments giving them a cloud-native status.

“Cloud-native technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, and hybrid clouds.” - Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Thus, cloud-native status simplified microservices, software development, and maintenance task. This means:

  • They can be updated, linked to other integrations, or removed without interfering with an entire application.
  • They’re highly compatible, not bound by technology stack; they can work with different frameworks and programming languages.
  • Microservices scale independently since they have their own infrastructure.
  • By being decoupled, a platform already with microservices improves its performance and stability, lowering downtime risk.
    • Cloud-native microservices help shorten development iterations, so from ideation to production, efficiency is ensured. This provides responsiveness to thousands of user visits and interactions.

The best option for infrastructure

The microservices approach plays a central role in improving the cloud-native ecosystem. IDC research results quoted in Accenture’s Cloud Native report showed that every company with cloud environments has implemented microservices.

For that reason, the Accenture report labels cloud native as “the future of application development.” But, you can still use old application migration strategies for a cloud platform; there’s nothing wrong with that.

So, cloud native is much more than just another way to deploy platforms. It stands for a new development paradigm that gives us high operational compatibility for different technologies, processes, and cloud-native services.

87% of microservices users said it was well-worth every expense and effort to adopt it. And 78% are likely to increase time, money, and commitment invested in such development architecture, according to a new IBM study.

This extent of response and involvement emphasizes the benefits outlined above but also is due to their contribution to diverse development trends. For example:

Low-Code Platforms

Development environments minimize the amount of coding, providing visual modeling systems through modules and settings hosted in the cloud. Services can be integrated by predefined codes and graphical interfaces. A Gartner research forecasts that by 2024, 65% of applications will be developed with Low-Code methodology, meaning shorter and affordable development cycles.

Multi-cloud strategies

This development approach buys public cloud services through several specialized vendors, such as Azure with AWS, storing data, and running functions on others.

By implementing this strategy, we no longer rely on a specific vendor. We leverage the strengths of different vendors, combine their microservices, and adapt them to have powerful and flexible applications as they bring value to the digitalization business.

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Microservices infrastructure vs. Monolithic approach

In the monolithic approach, the application is separate from other systems and is built as a single unit where every process is tightly linked and run as a unique service. But, the scalability and flexibility of its components are not guaranteed.

As for agile development, it doesn’t enhance it either. If an error occurs in any application module, it may impact the entire application. Thus, changing a small thing in a monolith functionality will end in compiling, adapting, and testing the whole platform. It’s a tedious and complex work everyone wants to avoid, but it’s performed when there’s no other choice.

The advice is to always think about our platform progress, and microservices are critical to do that since they provide reassurance to fine-tune the platform precisely.

API Gateway simplifies it

Developing a platform implies joining the forces of people, processes, and technology to produce reliable and quality applications. Once created, it’s key to have a convergence point that organizes and distributes each request (or calls) made to the platform.

Usually, an API Gateway is used to achieve that. It’s an interface platform employed as a conductor or “reverse proxy” to arrange and manage all API calls in the microservices architecture. In other words, an API Gateway is the front desk of our building, where queries, requests, and orders arrive to be redirected to the specific floor and office (microservices).

The following are the main benefits:

  • Access and control standardization at different service levels.
  • Data collection, analysis, and tracking data from API usage.
  • Easy API scalability and flexible pricing.
    • Modular architecture based on microservices is a breakthrough in digitalization. If you want to change to modern technology, we’re here to talk. At Reign, we excel in cloud-native architecture and developing modular platforms from scratch: from ideation to production.