To keep pace with rapidly changing market demands and customer expectations, businesses are looking for new ways to deliver new and enhanced digital services more quickly. For application architects, this means embracing a cloud-native approach to building and deploying applications.
Instead of developing large, monolithic applications that embed all functionality within one single executable unit, cloud-native applications are composed of small, flexible, independently executable units of code. When applications are composed using containerized microservices or serverless functions, teams of developers can each own and evolve an individual unit of functionality at the same time.
This greatly reduces the time to deliver new and enhanced applications, meaning that instead of taking the weeks or even months typically required to enhance large monolithic apps, a business can now deploy new functionality to cloud-native apps within hours or less. These applications also scale much more readily than monolithic applications because each executable code unit can be scaled individually, creating a more responsive application architecture.
Keeping Things Flexible
However, the distributed nature of cloud-native applications creates new challenges for deployment and monitoring. Fortunately, a vast ecosystem of tools has emerged to facilitate your DevOps workflows to help you operate more smoothly and efficiently.
This includes tools to manage and automate application deployment, service registry and discovery, tracing and debugging, and metrics collection. The large number of available commercial and open-source offerings gives your business the flexibility to choose the best-fit solution for your unique requirements.
Modern iPaaS offerings like TIBCO Cloud™ Integration allow you to deploy APIs and integrations as highly scalable cloud-native apps. Unfortunately, some iPaaS vendors limit you to a specified set of cloud-native tooling, which means you may need to maintain different tools to support your integration apps versus your cloud-native business apps.
However, TIBCO Cloud Integration is an open platform in that it provides a wide degree of flexibility and choice, allowing you to use your preferred cloud-native tooling. This helps simplify your IT ecosystem so that you’re using just one set of tools to manage apps built in TIBCO Cloud Integration and apps built in other development environments.
Making Microservice Management Simple
TIBCO Cloud Integration also gives you the flexibility to fully take advantage of the cloud ecosystem where your apps are deployed, such as the AWS or Azure ecosystems. A fitting example is our support for popular distributed tracing tools like AWS X-Ray.
Distributed tracing is a method to monitor applications composed of microservices. With these tools, you can follow a request as it moves through an application giving you an end-to-end view of your app so you can clearly understand the interactions between services in your application. You can use AWS X-Ray for end-to-end tracing of an app running in the cloud, local environments, containers using AWS container services, or serverless functions developed in AWS Lambda.
After enabling X-Ray, your application will automatically send trace data to X-Ray, which will generate a service map and searchable trace summaries. AWS X-Ray will provide data on every flow, sub-flow, and activity in your application, which can be used to find and address service dependencies, identify performance bottlenecks, and diagnose performance issues.
Along with AWS X-Ray, TIBCO Cloud Integration can easily integrate with many other popular out-of-the-box tools to help simplify cloud-native deployments, configuration management, CI/CD workflows, monitoring, and more. The time to adopt a cloud-native approach is now, and together with TIBCO, it’s easier than ever.TIBCO Cloud Integration is an open platform in that it provides a wide degree of flexibility and choice, allowing you to use your preferred cloud-native tooling. Click To Tweet
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