Microservices: Breaking Down Traditional Application Design. Organizations around the world have begun breaking down their monolithic architectures into smaller and more manageable components. We broke these down even further with the microservices pattern.
Over the last 20 years, organizations around the world have begun breaking down their monolithic architectures into smaller and more manageable components. This paved the way for the emergence of the service-oriented architecture (SOA), where applications were broken down into their functional components.
Then, in the last 10 years, we broke these down even further with the microservices pattern, which aimed to address the inherent problems found within monolithic SOAs.
However, that doesn’t mean that monolithic architecture is dead.
According to Mike Amundsen, author of books such as 'Design and Build Great WebAPIs,' and 'Microservice Architecture: Aligning Principles, Practices, and Culture,' a good monolithic system still has its place.
"One of the advantages of a monolithic system is once I get my request or my data into the perimeter of your system, then everything is nearby. The database is local, all the other functions, all the other classes, all the other modules — they're all local. And I don't have to worry a lot about network traffic until I want to give a response back to the client." said Mike during an interview in Coding Over Cocktails, a podcast by TORO Cloud.
The pros and cons of microservices lie with their very nature – loose coupling.
"With microservices, I can't be sure that all of those tasks I need to do to fulfill your request are living in the same space. They might be on another machine. They might be in another part of the company. They might actually be run by some of the third parties that might be hosted in the cloud by a major vendor. So, now I have to design with the assumption that everything is far away, that everything is actually connected by some network requests and that network requests might even go down." Mike explains.
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