Microservices is considered the next cool thing to bring in agility and speed to the software driven businesses. The software architecture has evolved from a single file of packed applications- Monolithic architecture to the highly decoupled microservices architecture to increase innovations and save cost.
This characteristic of microservices plays a vital role in DevOps practice as it helps organizations improve their deployment and quicken releases with effective runtime. Continuous integration leveraged the agility to drive releases using microservices resulting in the practice of continuous delivery. According to a recent survey on microservices impact on business, it is said that 82% of the enterprises adopt microservices to gain agility and 78% of them do it to attain scalability. So, if you are looking for better scalability and agility, DevOps-Microservices driven method is the key to achieve it.
How DevOps functions with microservices
Microservices lets the cross functional teams to collaboratively build, develop, test and release the applications rather than doing these separately. Any new feature can be easily tested for defects and rectified in a secured way without affecting other features with microservices in the continuous delivery pipeline of DevOps.
The Deployment pipeline that has continuous integration, delivery can incorporate automated continuous testing that involves the practice of using infrastructure as code, run regression test suites and discard the environments post the test completion.
With release management, microservices provide seamless deployment without any negative impact on business. This is done through blue-green deployment with zero downtime, canary deployment which deals with deploying sets of new versions without affecting the other functionalities and controlling traffic exposure to minimal.
As you adopt microservices, you tend to face numerous challenges; the best solution is in adopting container orchestration. You can monitor them through multiple open source options like Prometheus, Sysdig, etc.
The unconventional nature of microservices helps DevOps to achieve more in less time. Together microservices and DevOps bring some remarkable benefits like
Scalability: Scaled using pools, clusters and grids, microservices match the elasticity of cloud
Reliability: An error with microservice does not affect the entire application as the development is divided into smaller and independent teams making the management easy.
Flexibility: Microservices are modular components and are loosely coupled enabling them to adapt libraries, new frameworks and data resources.
Productivity: It brings more productivity to DevOps by adapting common toolset to manifest common process for requirement, dependencies that help the development team and the operations team to jointly work on issues and build a proper code and configure the application.
Quality: As the DevOps team improved their productivity, you can also see improvement in the quality of the product as the errors were found and fixed at the initial stages of the process with a reduced software development cost.
Others: Apart from the above, you can save cost, time and eventually boost innovations, driving higher business values, DevOps productivity, automation, and software reusability.
The future revolution of Microservices and DevOps
Microservices and DevOps increases productivity and efficiency as explained in the previous section. Going forward, you may witness an advanced level on efficiency in the future with new experiments using them.
The future might see cloud native development supporting cloud native deployment which means that cloud application could be developed in its best place- the cloud.
You may get better insights of the DevOps pipeline, code, operations, performance and configuration when AI enters DevOps and microservices tooling. By extension of this, you may also see customers spending more time outside the app than inside. A virtual assistant like Siri/ Alexa shall help you with all answers for your requests and can also send you a notification of the same.
Why DevOps-Microservices is the need of the hour
The emergence of microservices in DevOps is an indispensable part of the growth in the business market. Microservices architecture and DevOps, work on the same toolset for development and operations, marking similar terminology, process for requirements, reliance, and obstacles. It makes the software delivery methodology simple and nimble to generate scalable delivery pipeline. Without the microservice supplement to their DevOps, organizations can land in a competitive demerit whereas together these two can make businesses more agile and productive that leads to quicker go-to-market time. It helps in building credibility and loyalty with the customers in the long run. Therefore, it is essential to act now in embracing microservices with DevOps.
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