Gartner Research

Innovation Insight for Microservices

Published: 04 March 2019

ID: G00384511

Analyst(s): Anne Thomas , Aashish Gupta


Microservices enable unprecedented agility and scalability, but the architecture causes significant cultural disruption. Application leaders should understand this new design paradigm, its prerequisites and its disruptive impact before determining where and when to use it — if at all.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
    • Service Granularity
    • Frequent Misuse of the Term “Microservices”
    • APIs: Published (Outer) Versus Private (Inner)
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Adoption Rate
  • Risks
    • Beware of Application Software Vendors Touting “Microservices”
  • Evaluation Factors
  • Microservices Alternatives
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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