Microservices

The Benefits of Microservices
for the Enterprise

Imagine a large-scale application that functions like a human body - it involves features that impact a variety of business units, and while each piece of the application performs a unique task, all pieces are intricately connected with one another. When you make a tweak to one unit of the application, like in a human body, side effects are felt throughout all of the other units in the application. To make even the smallest change, thorough testing is needed to ensure none of the other pieces will be negatively impacted. Teams managing these respective units - teams with completely different sets of skills and business objectives - must work cohesively with one another on each update, resulting in processes that could take days, weeks or even months.

Now, imagine an application that’s not like a human body, but like a lego structure, where each piece is its own unique and independent part. Each part, or “module,” is developed, tested, deployed, scaled and maintained independently of the other modules. When a change to one module impacts another, the impact is easy to identify and describe to other teams. This results in faster and more frequent delivery and deployments. Moreover, development teams within each module’s associated business unit are able to work independently of one another, empowering them to focus on optimizing each module of the application. The results include better software faster and more empowered development teams. This is the magic of microservices.

Our Approach to Microservice Solutions

Turn monolithic applications into microservices

Break down large monolithic applications by fragmenting the underlying data and business layers into independent domains and microservices deployables.  In doing this, our team separates UI components from the services that would support them and leverages SOA best practices.

Build complex microservice ecosystems

Design and build complex microservice ecosystems to support new feature offerings. Our team builds individual microservices that deliver feature sets and integrate with other microservices in both request-driven and event-driven scenarios.

Create devops tools to maintain data integrity

Implement proactive data monitoring by creating a containerized stand-alone applications to run in parallel with core enterprise components without runtime dependencies. To do this, we use private domains to manage queries that are run against diverse data sets on a scheduled basis and alert support resources when data does not meet expected scenarios.

Talk with our Team

Seeking to implement a new product offering that would serve as a powerful differentiator in their target market, we worked closely with our client to create a cutting-edge application by establishing partnerships with leading wearable technology companies. In under 6 months, we implemented a microservice based high-availability environment - we defined the suite of microservices, developed on Java 8 with Spring Boot based docker containers, and deployed into a horizontally scaling container management system. Additionally, we were closely involved in defining the DevOps processes and continuous integration environment in which development took place. This project has enabled our client to clarify and update their software delivery pipeline, expediting the delivery of quality features in order to maintain leadership in their target market.
Timo Newton
Senior Technical Architect

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Our Development Approach

Working with a microservices architecture helps facilitate modern development practices, including continuous integration, delivery and deployment. Depending on the best fit for our client, there are a variety of strategies we use to achieve these goals.

Continuous Integration
Continuous Delivery
Continuous Deployment
Agile Planning
Scrum Meetings
Jira
Code Reviews

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Our DevOps Strategy

Our team leverages best-of-breed tools to bridge the gap between developers and infrastructure operations

Build, delivery and deployment automation
Code versioning and management
Automated testing
Quality analysis and enforcement

Our Tools of Choice

We use these tools to build microservice solutions that are scalable, intuitive, fault tolerant and cost effective

Container Management

Docker

Creates self-contained, portable and scalable server images which can be run anywhere, anytime

OpenShift

Launches Docker images and scales them according to load, providing fault tolerance by implementing a high-availability architecture

Cloud Software Architecture

Netflix Architecture

Generates cloud-friendly applications enabling use of the complete Netflix stack

Eureka

A service registry system by which containers can self identify

Zuul

A front-end proxy that facilitates entry into the container environment and processes requests to Eureka services

Ribbon

A load balancer providing the methods by which requests are routed between containers as well as requests coming from external callers via Zuul

Hystrix

A circuit breaker that monitors the health of services and allows for a graceful failure in the case of an error

Libraries and Languages

Our team leverages industry-standard libraries and languages in our development process. This ensures the long term viability of your custom application, allowing transfer of ongoing development and support to an internal IT team seamlessly.

Spring Libraries

Core, Boot, Security, Mvc

Build management

Maven and Gradle

JPA Persistence

Central Logging

Centralized logging via the ELK stack allows developers and administrators to debug, monitor and gain insight into distributed applications

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