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Microservices - Key Considerations

These considerations will help you design a successful microservice application with performance, scalability, and integration in mind.

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Learn how modern cloud architectures use of microservices has many advantages and enables developers to deliver business software in a CI/CD way.

A microservice architecture consists of components/services with well-defined interfaces which can be deployed, maintained, and scaled independently and communicate over standard protocols.

Below are some key considerations to be taken into account when designing a well-defined microservice:

Service Definition            

  • Is the service granular enough?
    • Is the service aligned to a single business activity and is responsible for that business activity.
    • Is the service fully decoupled?
    • Is it a self-contained and independent deployment unit? Does the service encompass all necessary resources to support the business activity?
    • Does the service have a proper service boundary and does not expose the internal details outside the service boundary for other components/systems using/invoking it?
    • Is the service independent? Can it be changed in an independent manner?
    • Is the service easily upgradeable?
    • Is the service independently scalable?
    • Is the usage documentation for each service properly done?
    • Is the service implementation-agnostic? Is it easy enough to change a microservice without changing its interface?
    • Can a single team own the microservice from inception to production?              

Service Interactions        

  • Does the service use a standard mode of communication?
    • Does the microservice have a well-defined interface with a published contract supporting standard protocols for data exchange?
    • Does the service support design for retries and fallback?
    • Does the service take into account failures of dependent services?

Performance, Exception Handling, and Scalability      

  • Is the service resilient?
    • Can the service be independently deployed and scaled?
    • Are the health and performance of the application monitored?
    • Is there a centralized logging mechanism?
    • Is performance monitored? 
    • Is load balancing ensured?
    • Is elasticity handled?
    • Are timeouts managed?
    • Are metrics like infrastructure, file system operations, inbound requests, integrations, and external services monitored?
    • Does the service publish adequate metrics on its uptime and response time,so that the monitoring infrastructure can monitor and take corrective measures?
    • Does the service have timeouts with default behavior implemented if its dependent services do not respond in a specific interval?
    •  Are compensation transactions used for operations that cover multiple microservices?

Integration Considerations          

  • Does the service communicate on accepted enterprise standards?
    • Do the messages exchanged by the service contain the required headers, such as reply-to queues?
    • Does the service send metrics or make them available over a pull API?
    • Do the events raised by the service follow a schema, and are they defined in JSON?
    • Are the business services free of mediation and transformation logic and communicate in a canonical format (e.g. JSON)?


  • Can the service be provisioned programmatically on short notice?
    • Can the monitoring infrastructure detect if the service is running to its SLA, not to its SLA, or not running at all?
    • Can the monitoring infrastructure detect a degradation in the SLA based on the metrics/heartrate the service is publishing?
    • Can the alerting infrastructure raise an appropriate alert to the concerned team when it gets a failure log message?
    • Does the monitoring system keep statistics of uptime or failures, SLA, and requests serviced and show them in appropriate dashboards?
    • Is the service easily discoverable through a registry?
    • Is the service runtime status in the registry reflected if the service is started or stopped?

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