Independent Scaling

Each microservice can be scaled independently of other services. This removes the need to scale the entire system when only a few pieces of functionality are used intensely. This will often be a significant simplification for the infrastructure and operations.

Free Choice of Technologies

When microservices are used in development, there are no restrictions with regards to the usage of technologies. This gives the ability to test a new technology within a single microservice without affecting other services. The risk associated with the introduction of new technologies and new versions of already used technologies is decreased, as these new technologies are introduced and tested in a confined environment keeping costs low. In addition, it is possible to use specific technologies for specific functions, for example a specific database. The risk is small, as the microservice can easily be replaced or removed if problems arise. The new technology is confined to one or a small number of microservices. This reduces the potential risk and enables independent technology decisions for different microservices. More importantly, it makes the decision to try out and evaluate new, highly innovative technologies easier. This increases the productivity of developers and prevents the technology platform from becoming outdated. In addition, the use of modern technologies will attract well-qualified developers.

Continuous Delivery

Microservices are advantageous for continuous delivery. They are small and can be deployed independently of each other. Realizing a continuous delivery pipeline is simple due to the size of a microservice. The deployment of a single microservice is associated with less risk than the deployment of a large monolith. It is also easier to ensure the safe deployment of a microservice, for instance by running different versions in parallel. For many microservice users, continuous delivery is the main reason for the introduction of microservices.

All these points are strong arguments for the introduction of microservices. Which of these reasons is the most important will depend on the context. Scaling agile processes and continuous delivery are often crucial from a business perspective. Chapter 4, “Reasons for Using Microservices,” describes the advantages of microservices in detail and also deals with prioritization.

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