The Microservices Revolution: Five Points You Need to Know

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Microservices Bring Together the Best of SOA, DevOps and Containerization

Although microservices are a descendant of SOA (service-oriented architecture), they are not the same. Microservices have moved past the bulky middleware ESBs (enterprise service buses) that SOA relied on, but kept the efficiency that comes with reusable software. Similar to DevOps, microservices provide agility, and like containerization, they provide scalability within application development, deployment and management.

The latest buzz in enterprise application development surrounds the emergence of microservices. Although this term continues to grow in popularity, there is still more to be learned about how these tiny powerhouses work and how they are changing the API environment.

To understand microservices, simply look to the name: micro-services. It is a new way of app building that breaks up application services into smaller, independent parts and functions.

With roots in SOA, DevOps and containers, microservices are seemingly part of architecture components we already know, but are unique in their flexible nature. Unlike traditional enterprise apps that are built as a monolithic piece of software, a microservices architectural style is an approach to developing applications as a suite of small services, running in its own process and communicating with lightweight protocols. The independent services, called microservices, are themselves not married to a specific language or platform. They can be easily and quickly adapted or altered to fit evolving application needs and functionality.

But what else is there to know about microservices? How should they be deployed and where do they fit best? As microservices continue to lead an enterprise app revolution, here are five things you need to know, presented by Akana, a leader in API management.

 

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