Future of Microservices & IoT

July 11th 2018
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@ravisharmaonlyRavi Sharma

Microservices are coming as a hugely sought after way to build enterprise apps. Akin to mobile app development adoption, if there is lack of expertise it can delay some companies in its pursuit. Nevertheless, owing to rise in IoT development, it is certain that Microservices will soon turn out to be architecture of choice for majority of developers.

What is meant by Microservices Architecture?

Microservice architecture, also referred to as Microservices, is an unique technique of building software systems. This system has seen a rapid rise in popularity off late.

You can use this system to create enterprise applications. Because of scalability, this system is regarded as ideal when you need to garner support across wide array of platforms as well as devices across web, Internet of Things, mobiles, and wearables. Basically, if you not sure what all devices you will have to bolster in times to come, you can go in for this architecture.

Essentially, Microservices architecture is a technique of building software applications as a group of autonomously deployable, minute, modular services in which each and every service operates a unique process and connects via a well-defined, lightweight mechanism so to achieve a business objective.

Microservices is basically an architectural style which sets up an application in a way of collection of freely coupled services, which execute superb business capabilities. The Microservices architecture helps in continuous deployment/delivery of huge, complicated applications. It also helps a company to develop its vast technology stack.

Even though Microservices architecture has received flak for not being apt for certain DevOps cultures, it is still being adopted by several industries across the globe.

Big-scale online companies such as Twitter, Amazon and Netflix have all progressed from monolithic technology stacks to Microservices driven architecture. This has enabled allowed them to reach to dizzying heights today.

When developing for IoT in specific, mentioned below are five reasons why future with future with Microservices is just the best -

Cost trimming

IoT sensors as well as devices are not beyond affordability these days. Having said that, it is actually more feasible to produce hundreds of small sensors that all do one common thing in a good way rather than going in for fewer, which no doubt are more powerful but more expensive options.

One huge factor which propels such an action is that regardless of the fact how good a device is, in matter of just few years, it will turn “obsolete” or will get replaced with more effective and affordable alternatives.

What is good in going with simpler hardware is that one can depend on Microservices to augment value and complete the functional gaps. One can even slowly roll out network and continue to upgrade as well as keep up the same in a cost-effective way as individual machinery get replaced. If all this is done properly, there will never be a time where you will have to get rid of the whole monolithic system at one go.

Rapid innovation

The scene of IoT deployments is basically still a lot in beta. Even though huge number of amazing and helpful devices has been deployed, we are still at tip of the iceberg as far as realising its full potential is concerned.

A Microservices development approach helps you to release innovation and create value faster. It enables you to trial with new combinations of “things” as well as “services.”

You do not have to build a whole technology stack or put your money in huge infrastructure to get a hand over something new.

With Microservices, one can tinker as well as test to one’s heart’s content. You can reap the advantages of innovative solutions very fast. So, basically it is a win-win situation.

Not too much risk

Getting in order your solution by means of Microservices enables you to adjust as well as iterate very fast, thus you preclude the peril of missing the target. You can easily do this sans having the need to re-architect whole of your system or the IT environment.

Several mobile as well as web app developers have enjoyed good success in making use of agile development. Building for IoT, it is not sure you will be able to develop a full feature on top of a device in matter of just a week.

Nevertheless, when you emphasise on building Microservices in one to two week sprints, you can progress towards ending line and connect all APIs which you need, one by one, with relatively lower amount of danger.

Flexibility and quickness

One more key advantage of leveraging Microservices is that in, post testing, you find out that a certain service is not going to work out as how you wished; you can swap it with something which is better or something which is more apt as per your requirements.

A Microservices approach to development as well as integration enables you to come up with a feature very fast and also make it better over span of time. When it is ready to be replaced, you will actually be updating just one piece of the puzzle rather than worrying about creating a new picture from scratch.

Infinite value-addition

The device which you deploy is never going to go beyond its physical capabilities till the time you upgrade or get its physical parts replaced.

The digital upgrades can provide via constantly evolving Microservices, however, are limitless with reference to both scope and their incidence. A camera can be designed to just click 2D images, but depending on the 3rd-party service it is linked to, it might offer you with statistical traffic information, queue sizes or even weather report.

Soon there will be time when the enterprises will by default switch to Microservices as there will be no option they feel will be viable. With growing augmentation of IoT, Microservices will be propelled into new as well as traditional industries. The advantages seem quite high, and the risk involved is low, so a switch towards Microservices seems the most likely solution.

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