Are you using the latest cloud technologies to their full advantage?

More companies are now moving applications, especially web applications, to the cloud but often are doing so in a somewhat antiquated manner, usually due to not knowing a more effective and efficient alternative and there’s at times, a traditional mindset when it comes to IT structuring.

By utilising microservices, otherwise known as microservice architecture you can increase scaling, availability and avoid vendor lock in. Microservices are cloud-native services used to build an application composed of loosely coupled, independent smaller components or services. 

First introduced in 2005 as micro-web-services some notable benefits of microservices architectures :

  • Great agility
  • Faster time to market
  • Better scalability
  • Faster development cycles
  • Easier to create a CI/CD pipeline for single responsibility services
  • Isolated services have better fault tolerance
  • Platform and language agnostic services
  • Cloud readiness 

As an alternative to a managed service provider, consider moving your hosted/SaaS offerings onto someone else's servers. Day-to-day processes and procedures remain the same, it removes the issues surrounding managing a data center and various co-location facilities. Hosting infrastructure in the cloud can present new challenges for staffing, auditing and governance; overall, however, the benefits far outweigh any temporary problems.

The big players in the cloud based systems — Amazon, Microsoft and Google — have been advancing and maturing with ever increasing capabilities, their service offerings to the point where it is now entirely feasible to migrate and run a cloud-only company without much effort. 

Here are a few microservices that deserve a mention that every company can take advantage of.

Serverless Functions — AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions

A serverless way to build functions for APIs, upload files, create workflows, run tasks, process real-time data and much more. All this capability is available using your favourite language to build the functions in C#, Java, JavaScript, PowerShell, Python, and more.

Application Services — AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Azure App Service, Google App Engine

Web apps without the headache of the web server. With a few exceptions, all of these services work with the following application environments: .NET, .NET Core, Node.js, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby on Rails.

Database Services — AWS, Azure, GCP

When first available, database services performance was fair but often did not scale well. Today database services are a different story, these fully managed purpose-built database services perform superbly, have great security and are highly available. If you have not investigated these services recently, it’s worth taking another look as they have come a long way in a very short space of time. 

Implementing a microservices architecture may seem like a mammoth task however it doesn’t need to be difficult as long as you address your concerns and research the more appropriate microservice for your specific requirements. When looking at designing a robust and flexible microservices architecture is to not have a reliance on one cloud vendor's technology, they all have their advantages however some are more suited to solving a specific problem. 

Microservices architecture is advancing exponentially and these services are continually adding innovative features and capabilities and becoming more affordable. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions, this is an agile market and won’t stagnate for some time and microservice providers understand that if you are to trust them you’ll need full disclosure on exactly what they’re offering and the usability  of the services. 

Posted by: Rock Consulting