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Assessing Microservice Architecture for Scalable Application Delivery

Published: 30 January 2015

ID: G00270697

Analyst(s): Gary Olliffe


Microservice architecture is an emergent pattern for building distributed applications that supports agile delivery and scalable deployment, both on-premises and to the cloud. Application architects must assess the benefits and complexities and apply MSA cautiously to building application services.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is Microservice Architecture?
    • Good SOA Practices and More
    • What a Microservice Is Not
  • The Benefits of Microservices
    • Agile Application Delivery Life Cycles
    • Dynamic Deployment Strategies
    • Horizontal Scalability With Precision
  • The Challenges of Adopting Microservice Architecture
    • Who Moved My Complexity?
    • Two Architecture Viewpoints
    • Organizing to Deliver Microservices
  • Strengths
    • Empowers Development Teams to Become Delivery Teams
    • Supports Technology Optimization
    • Delivers Cloud-Ready Applications
    • Supports Incremental Adoption and Evolution
    • Realizes SOA Best Practices
  • Weaknesses
    • Complexity Is Moved, Not Removed
    • Varied Maturity of Microservice Technology
    • Required Modernization of Application Infrastructure
    • Lack of Expertise and Experience
    • Culture Change


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