Recently microservices architecture has become a hot topic. High traffic websites like Amazon, Netflix, and eBay once used monolithic but have since transitioned to microservices. If your company is growing, you may be ready to make the next step. In this article, we discuss the drawbacks and the benefits of two architectures to help you start with the decision-making process.
Techtarget.com defines monolithic architecture as a traditional programming model, which means that elements of a software program are interwoven and interdependent. In the beginning, a monolithic architecture can be easy to scale, deploy, and develop. However, the architecture has some limitations. When an application becomes larger, monolithic architecture can make startup slower and development difficult.
According to Techtarget.com, microservices architecture is an approach to application development in which a large application is built as a suite of modular services. Each module supports a specific business goal and uses a simple, well-defined interface to communicate with other sets of services. Microservices architecture is great for websites handling high traffic and big data. The benefits of microservices architecture include the compact size, technology stack, speed, and ability to deploy services independently. The disadvantages of the architecture are the complexity of creating a distributed system, need for extensive testing, and managing an inter-service communication mechanism.
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