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Assessing Microservices for Agile Application Architecture and Delivery

Published: 20 March 2018

ID: G00346861

Analyst(s): Gary Olliffe


Microservices architecture is an approach for building distributed applications that support agile and scalable delivery. Technical professionals defining application architectures must assess the benefits and complexities of MSA and apply it cautiously to the systems they determine need it.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is Microservices Architecture?
    • Not Just Architecture
    • Good SOA Practices and More
  • What a Microservice Is Not
  • Benefits of Microservices
    • Moving Toward Microservices
    • Dynamic Deployment Strategies
    • Horizontal Scalability With Precision
  • The Challenges of Adopting MSA
    • Managing Complexity
    • Two Architecture Viewpoints
    • Organizing Teams to Deliver Microservices
  • Strengths
    • Delivers Cloud-Native Applications
    • Supports Incremental Adoption, Evolution and Coexistence
    • Empowers Development Teams to Become Delivery Teams
    • Supports Technology Optimization
    • Realizes SOA Best Practices
  • Weaknesses
    • Microservices Architecture Is Misnamed
    • Complexity Is Moved and Expanded, Not Removed
    • Maturity of Microservices Technology Varies
    • Modernization of Application Infrastructure Is Required
    • Microservices Have Become an Aspirational Rather Than a Rational Choice
    • Culture Change Is Required


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