Published on: Jan 02, 2023

Understanding Microservices & Its Core Components 

Adopting microservices is a business choice, not a development or technical one. The microservices architecture is a solution for decomposing monolithic programs or components. The most significant difficulty with monolithic design is that all apps or components share a single code base, necessitating testing and deployment of the whole program, even for minor updates. The biggest advantage of microservices is that their deployment nature enables focused feature rollout. 

When designing microservices, we keep this advantage in mind; thus, we take the approach that everything that changes together tends to remain in the same codebase. As a result, the company may profit from this design since it allows them to modify the application, and the requirements and implementation cycles are shorter from concept to reality. 

Microservices are used to tackle other challenges; strong technological components coupling leads to team interdependence. As a result, changes need additional collaboration and planning. Furthermore, if all of the components are in the same codebase, they must all be written in the same language. As a result, freedom in selecting technology is an underlying limitation. It is difficult to isolate those components utilized more often than others in terms of scalability.   

As a result, the application must be scaled entirely up. As a result, there are several inefficiencies. The whole application must be quality-verified regarding regression testing rather than just the altered components. As a result, greater work is required throughout the development life cycle.  

Microservices, on the other hand, circumvent these limits by allowing services to be built, tested, deployed, maintained, and scaled individually. It will enable the development team to operate in parallel without interfering with each other. The team is free to choose the optimum technological stack for each service. Each component is responsible for fault isolation. As a result, various SLAs might be used to meet different availability objectives, making the system more robust. Additionally, since components are compartmentalized, there are fewer regression test difficulties.  

However, there are several disadvantages to the microservices design. For example, communication across micro-services might result in a large, incomprehensible tangle. Autoscaling, distributed tracing, health checks, and data aggregation is available. The correct technology, architectural patterns, and multiple iterations are required to get the microservices right.