Major DevOps Challenges Faced While Implementing Microservices

Monolith to Microservices’ is one of the most sought-after application modernization initiatives taken by various technology leaders today. Microservices is an architectural style and approach to writing software applications wherein the applications are broken down into smaller, independent components.

Enterprises worldwide are considering this approach to quicken their delivery process and fasten their deployment rates. With major benefits being– increased resilience, rapid delivery, improved scalability, and faster time to market.

Microservice architecture helps companies to respond rapidly and meet the growing business needs. They help increase resilience, render a faster time-to-market, improve the agility of software teams, reduce costs, enhance scalability and provide the freedom of choosing any technology stack best suited for your application.

With pros, there are cons too. Like most transformational trends dwelling in the DevOps ecosystem, implementing microservices has its own challenges. Here are some of the major challenges faced while deploying microservices. Let’s read these in detail.

Managing Microservices

With the increase in the number of microservices, managing them becomes more challenging. Execution and deployment of large and complex life cycles of Microservices require a well-automated system that can manage them well. Thus, for better scaling and deployment of microservices, you must have a well-planned strategy in hand. Without a proper implementation plan, managing Microservices can be cumbersome and excessively demanding for your organization.

CI/CD Pipeline Management

Although Microservices offer a plethora of advantages when it comes to development and deployment, they also have their own challenges and issues. Scalability is one such issue that most enterprises face while implementing Microservices.

Managing CI/CD pipelines was still easy in the past when businesses used monolithic applications. With the increase in the number of applications within an organization, pipeline maintenance became a bigger issue. Management of code repositories and CI/CD pipelines becomes much more complex and challenging as the number of applications increases.

Let’s say, for instance, a company might have to manage only 1–5 pipelines in the case of monolith applications. But the situation becomes complicated while managing and adopting microservices where the number of pipelines to be managed increases to 250 as each monolith is divided into ~50 microservices.

Monitoring

Unlike monolithic architecture, the traditional forms of monitoring will not align and fit well in a microservices environment. Since multiple services make up the entire functionality which was earlier supported with a single application, monitoring becomes a difficult task to manage.

When a problem arises in the application, detecting and identifying the root cause can be challenging. For instance, if you do not have a way of monitoring and tracking the path a specific request took. You would never be able to find out how many and which Microservices were traversed for a specific request coming from a user interface.

Businesses using Microservices often struggle to analyze the chain of communication across these services to identify where the issue originally arose. This can cause huge delays in detecting and identifying the main cause of the problem resulting in much higher mean time to resolve.

Wrapping It All

Despite these challenges, Microservices have become quite popular in the industry today. With several features responsible for the trend, scalability is the most important one. Adoption of MicroServices by tech giants such as Amazon, NetFlix, eBay, and others, gives an assurance that this architectural style is here to stay.

Given our strong expertise and past experience working with 100+ customers on their Cloud & DevSecOps journey, we have created the most powerful Microservices App delivery platform — BuildPiper, that takes away all the challenges to deliver a new microservice and enable seamless Day 1 & 2 operations.

This platform covers all that you need to consider before implementing Microservices for enabling seamless delivery of dockerized code at reduced costs and with a 10X faster time to market.

BuildPiper supports seamless and highly intuitive Kubernetes cluster management, robust security, configuration management, Macro & micro CI-CD pipelines, observability, complete observability with a 360-degree view, and comprehensive Manageability with Automated Log Shipping, Secrets, Config Maps and Service Access Management, thus enabling smooth handling of Microservices with a secure product release through feature-rich delivery pipelines.

Opstree is an End to End DevOps solution provider

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