Introduction To Microservices

There has been a rapid development in the application development industry in order to keep pace with the technological advancements and to meet customer requirements. However, while working with the traditional developments, people had to use large chunks of code. This made the entire task difficult as people had to go back to square one to resolve a minute problem. 

Today, to solve this issue, most applications are constructed by assembling several mini-applications, each of which constitutes a particular functionality. This form of assembling tiny applications to make one system work is called microservice architecture. To help you with the microservices, you can hire a reliable PPC company

Before you start hiring or looking for a microservice provider, it is essential to know the basics of microservices. So, let us dig deep into the mechanism of microservices. 

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A Quick Overview of Kubernetes Architecture!

What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration platform used for running distributed applications and services at scale. Also known as “k8s” or “kube”, Kubernetes helps in automating manual and tedious activities involved in managing, deploying and scaling containerized applications.

Here’s a quick overview of Kubernetes architecture, its components and how they interact with each other. Let’s read this brief Kubernetes architecture explanation to learn and explore more on the different components of Kubernetes and how its components work together.

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Major DevOps Practices To Consider While Implementing Microservices

Consider these DevOps practices for rapid application delivery, seamless management of Microservices, and hassle-free product release.

Enterprises both big and small, are focusing on modernizing applications and implementing Microservices & DevOps architecture to boost their businesses’ agility and productivity. Enterprises are competing against tighter time-to-market windows than ever before. Seeing how mercurial many markets have become now, there’s no time to waste when you have to create customer-facing applications that serve prospects and customers better than your competitors.

Today, migrating to the cloud, especially through cloud-native architectures such as Microservices, is a multidimensional problem. So, without a well-planned, sorted strategy and a well-devised DevOps roadmap in hand, migration could become a futile endeavour. You need to consider reliable strategies for adopting Cloud & DevOps architecture that can help deliver competitive strength to your organization and improve customer experiences through an agile & nimble tech platform.

Here, in this blog, I’ve discussed some important practices of adopting DevOps architecture to enable rapid application delivery, seamless management of Microservices, and hassle-free product release thus allowing your business to scale and exceed customer expectations!

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Basic DevOps Practices- Core Principles!

Before we dive into specific DevOps techniques and approaches to help your business succeed with Microservices, let’s look at some of the core ideas behind these types of architectures:

  • Microservices should be deployed at a faster pace.
  • Security should be a major focus area.
  • Comprehensive Monitoring and logging

Moreover, applying these approaches can help your IT teams in designing the right DevOps roadmap best-suited to meet the requirements of Microservices implementation in your organization.

But, executing each of these approaches and ideas poses its unique challenges. Let’s read further to know why embracing these DevOps practices is important if you’re thinking about Microservices.

Microservices should be deployed at a Faster Pace!

In a monolithic approach, fewer deployments are happening as compared to Microservices. What earlier was a single monolith application, now becomes a large collection of 50–200 services. Therefore, with Microservices, your team needs to be prepared for 100 times or even more deployment than ever before. With increased challenges, a slow pace of deployment would fail to support fast-moving Microservices. Moreover, the independent nature of Microservices poses additional difficulties.

Microservices have their independent code which needs to be deployed individually for each of these microservices without affecting the other modules of the application. Microservices are loosely coupled and need not have the same technology stack, libraries, or frameworks.

The deployment process for services differs from each other and thus needs to be done at a faster pace to enable production-ready Microservices. Along with improving the pace of Microservices deployment, it’s important that teams have the adequate DevOps skillset required to manage Microservices in a secured and seamless manner.

  • Automate everything- Automation should become a crucial part of the development process.
  • Operational excellence is a must– Strategies for continual improvement are important to increase the velocity.
  • Operation activities must work closely with the Development process– Ensure that the basic operational activities work along with the development process. This helps in enabling a faster deployment process.

By executing these simple yet so important DevOps practices, you can be assured of the complete security of your business application. Implementing Microservices without changing the way you execute the business operations may put your projects at risk.

Besides a well-planned DevOps roadmap, there is a need for the IT teams to possess appropriate DevOps skillset for implementing practices of DevOps architecture.

Security should be a Major Focus Area!

Independent deployments, business-oriented capabilities, agile teams, functional orientation, and rapid application delivery are some of the unique characteristics of Microservices. With all these changes, brought in the Microservices-led DevOps architecture, it should come as no surprise that the approach to security needs to change as well. Here’s what you can do to adopt a Shift Left Philosophy and embed security early on!

  • Involve experts to monitor complete security- Experienced security experts to monitor iterative product features. This helps to get early feedback on the security status of the application.
  • Implement security measures while detecting errors– Robust security measures in the bug tracking process should be adopted.
  • Integrate best security practices in the code review– Authentic and reliable security practices in the code review process must be executed, especially if you have to deal with authentication flows, configurations, secret storage, etc.
  • Move towards automation as much as possible– Automation techniques for application security can be adopted. Automated security practices such as dependency scanning and static analysis can become part of your deployment pipeline.

It’s important that you first analyze and then select the best security practices for your business applications. Make sure to devise a plan to implement the security measures not towards the end but pro-actively during the development process.

Comprehensive Monitoring & Logging!

Last but not least make sure to select the right approach for logging and monitoring Microservices. When you’re working with a single application, you usually get a chance to look at the logs and have a clear picture of what exactly is happening.

But what, if you have to deal with 20 applications( to be scaled dynamically), you surely need a different strategy then. The same is the case with Microservices where you have to work with many services. Logging and monitoring these services is a cumbersome and tedious process.

Therefore, it is important to introduce state-of-the-art logging and monitoring practices for enabling production-ready Microservices. Being able to track all the requests across different microservices is a must. Viewing these logs in one place is the only way to make things work.

Implementing & configuring all of this often becomes a huge challenge and thus a need for the platform to seamlessly manage Kubernetes and Microservices is highly recognized. Take a look at how BuildPiper provides out-of-the-box capabilities for Kubernetes & Microservices application delivery management.

With BuildPiper, you can benefit from comprehensive automation for the entire Microservices journey right from K8s cluster setup & config, onboarding microservices, robust security-enabled CI-CD engine, and complete observability that enables viewing of the overall performance, health status, availability, logs, and other important metrics of your services & Kubernetes components.

With the integration and set-up of infrastructure monitoring and log management tools such as Prometheus, Grafana, Alert Manager, ElasticSearch, Fluentd, and Kibana, BuildPiper enables complete observability with detailed information of build and deploy logs.

BuildPiper provides your DevOps team with deep insights into the services to monitor & analyze app performance and the right DevOps skillset for enhancing the application performance.

Wrapping it all

These are some of the DevOps practices to make your Microservices journey successful. So, before you plan to implement these DevOps strategies, make sure to look at the pros and cons of each of these. Analyze and then decide which would work the best for your platform

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3 Ways Microservices are Transforming Businesses Today!

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The tech world has always been churning out new concepts and buzzwords every now and then. Here, in this blog, I’d like to talk about a buzzword that has been popular for a while now- Microservices, what Microservices is and the advantages of Microservices implementation.

“Disaggregation” — the idea of segregating functions like computing, storage, and networking to drive organizational efficiency and agility. While the idea of division isn’t entirely new, it is with respect to software development. The notion is best represented by the term Microservices today!

Wondering about the fact what Microservices are? So, here you go! Microservices are modular components that can be deployed independently for improving the agility of software development processes. The benefits of implementing and architecting Microservices Microservices are numerous, including but not limited to better scalability, faster deployment, and improved maintenance.

The process of architecting Microservices can be seen as being adopted by businesses in almost everything around us. I’m sure you’ve probably interacted with a microservice and still didn’t know about it. Do you have a Netflix subscription? Do you buy stuff on Amazon.com or use PayPal? Microservices are a crucial part of all these things.

Companies, at present, are facing intense competitive pressures of delivering the best to their end-users. This relentless pressure and the extraordinary advantages of Microservicesis what continues to drive the adoption of microservices architecture in software development. Here are 3 main reasons how enterprises are leveraging microservices to transform business applications these days.

1. Adapt to Changes

A large monolithic-designed application is not highly adaptable to changes, particularly for unanticipated changes. In today’s ultra-competitive business environment, where everything keeps changing at a lightning speed, we need a technology ecosystem that can easily adapt to changes. This is why all businesses need to know what Microservices are and how they can help. Being a collection of small, independent processes, a microservices-designed application is best suited to adapt to such constant changes taking place in the disruptive market space.

2. Scalability

One of the major advantages of Microservices is improved scalability. The need to scale an application is definitely a tough task when it comes to handling monolithic applications. Since the application is built as one integral whole, there is no option but to scale the entire application, when only a part of the application is required to be scaled. Things are not the same in a microservices architecture wherein each application consists of many modules. So, each module can be scaled independently allowing efficient use of resources and controlled handling of operations. You can easily deploy the updates as it’s much easier and safer to update little parts of an application than to update one big monolithic application.

3. Flexibility

While deploying an application, you might need one of the business modules of your application to be in Java and another in PHP. Different business models need to be designed depending on the technology that is being used. With a microservices architecture, each module of an application is an independent standalone unit and can be designed using whatever parameters are best for that single module. This enables quick adoption of new technologies and allows you to work with the latest technologies combining the “best of the best” components.

Wrapping It All

Microservices are enabling this revolution by delivering improved scalability, enhanced flexibility, high availability, and orchestration services that monolithic software design can’t measure up to. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Microservices has changed the way businesses operate now and therefore architecting Microservices has become a preferred choice for most businesses now.

The incredible advantages of Microservices such as flexibility, easy product management, quick delivery, and faster deployment allow businesses to increase their productivity. This is the reason why the tech community and industry experts are deeply interested in knowing what Microservices are and how they can transform the technology world.

But, there are some disadvantages to employing and architecting Microservices. Difficulties faced while debugging defects and managing the coordination between microservices are some of these. It becomes quite cumbersome and challenging for software teams to manage such complicated and large groups of Microservices.

Realizing this issue(and many others that are faced while delivering a microservices application), we built a single, standardized, comprehensive Microservices Delivery platform — BuildPiper!

Buildpiper brings along a comprehensive solution for seamless and intuitive microservices delivery with onboarding, environment provisioning, security, Macro & Micro CI-CD pipelines, monitoring, and much more! With its incredible ability to enable production-ready Microservices on Day 1, Buildpiper helps in deploying services in a hassle-free manner. It helps software teams in easy and controlled handling of services thus saving huge time and costs associated to take your product to the market!

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Microservices: Unlock Great Power

At OpsTree, our mission has always been about ‘Simplifying DevSecOps & Sharing Knowledge’ and staying true to our ethos, here in this blog, I’ve tried to summarise in the most simplistic terms, some of the propelling motivations behind the adoption of micro services and making it successful !

I see huge interest amongst various business leaders and our clients to adopt or migrate to a Microservice architecture. Thankfully, I am old enough in the world of Software Craftsmanship to have witnessed how these patterns have evolved over the years :

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