Use Microservices for Faster, Better Development

Microservices — small, independently deployable and scalable services that can be combined into applications — can simplify developing and maintaining applications:

  • Organizations unable to quickly add new functionality or change the functionality in existing monolithic applications can extend the life of this software and accelerate response to changing market needs.
  • New projects can improve agility and simplify integration by architecting greater modularity, loose coupling, and reduced dependencies into their designs from the beginning.

Microservice Benefits

  • Accelerate innovation and development of business functionalities
  • Easily reuse services and adapt much faster
  • Avoid technology lock-in, allowing teams to choose the technology that provides the best solution for project needs
  • Seamlessly expose services across new channels and use new technologies as they appear
  • Keep developers focused on new services and free from concern about service maintenance

Microservice Design Considerations

The concepts and principles of microservices are not new; they actually extend several older architectures. But there are complexities. TIBCO has leveraged its more than 20 years of experience to identify five keys for unlocking the full value of microservices:

Clearly Define and Manage Your Microservices

Avoid duplication of effort with clearly defined boundaries and a way to control access. A service contract with a clear definition of the technical interface, which essentially establishes an API, is fundamental. Service contracts can also define the service level agreement that describes additional quality-of-service features, behaviors, and limitations.

TIBCO® API Exchange provides everything you need to build an integrated API marketplace where microservice providers and consumers come together to create, host, manage, learn about, and use microservices.

Leverage Existing Assets

It took years to develop your existing monolithic business applications. Rewriting everything is not an option, but you do need to extract their business functionality. Encapsulate these services and offer a single, decoupled interface that can support multiple transports without having to modify each one. Encapsulation is just one of the capabilities that integration technologies have been offering for years.

TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks™ is an integration platform that allows you to create and orchestrate microservices. You can rapidly develop and graphically test integration processes in a no-code, Eclipse-based IDE, then deploy in the reliable, highly available, scalable runtime environment.

Install High Quality Service-to-Service Communications

The distributed nature of microservices introduces complexity in network latency, fault tolerance, message serialization, unreliable networks, and varying loads. Critical to the success of a microservices architecture is service-to-service communications with a high quality of service, including assured delivery and security.

TIBCO FTL® is high-performance messaging middleware for reliable, real-time, high-throughput data distribution between services. It allows developers to focus on microservice logic by decoupling message distribution from service development.

Deploy Continuously

One of the goals of microservices is to be more responsive to shifting customer demands. Meeting that goal requires organizations to be able to continuously deploy, configure, and manage both microservices and the underlying technologies and middleware.

TIBCO Silver® Fabric simplifies and streamlines the deployment and maintenance of your services and underlying technology so you can run anywhere anytime, on demand and in real time.

Ensure Clear Visibility into Services

Visibility is critical for a successful microservices architecture. Your view should extend into the overall quality of services. It must include the ability to understand and leverage the data (events) that flow between microservices, so you can capitalize on opportunities and minimize the impact of threats that can be detected in these events.

TIBCO's Event Processing technology consumes real-time events and provides a real-time analytics solution that enables business users to analyze, anticipate, and alert on important business events. Event processing also allows the business to define actions to be applied in real time when defined situations occur.

TIBCO Spotfire® analytics, allows you to visualize and interact with data made available using microservices, instantly extract insights, and take immediate action.

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