Transform monolithic apps into microservices-based apps with Containers and Kubernetes
Since the term was coined back in 2011, Microservices architecture has been the most preferred architecture to build softwares. This is due to the benefits microservices architecture provides such as increased resilience, improved time-to-market, and scalability of applications.
Microservices architecture are best to build applications that include loosely coupled services that work independently of one another. Each service can be built and deployed separately as this does not have any impact on the other functions within the same application. Each service can be developed through any programming language and combination of technologies. Microservices include its own storage system and it keeps all data in a single location and manages its own database.
This kind of architecture for software development has brought on huge change in the way applications are built, as compared to the monolithic architecture. It used to be difficult for software developers to implement a change in an application developed in the monolithic era because the entire application was built on a single codebase. If a developer wanted to make a change or add a feature, they had to update the entire application which further opened possibilities for new challenges. Scaling of a specific service within an application wasn’t even an option because the entire application scales as the functionalities are ties to a single codebase.
Organizations have realized that Container technology is the best way to implement a microservices application in any target environment. Packaging a microservices-based application in container provides ease of deployment on any server, a cloud environment, or even a personal computer. A container runs on the host server’s Operating System (OS) unlike the Virtual Machines (VMs) which requires a hypervisor to run the VMs.
Containers are extremely portable and modular in nature which allows packaging of an application’s microservices code into a container image. A container service allows rapid scaling of container instances and with the help of Kubernetes cluster of containers deployed on a system can be managed efficiently.
With a lot of investments made by organizations for perfecting their cloud environment, IT heads are turning their focus to not only develop microservices and containerize them but are also starting to adopt Kubernetes services.
The main benefit of Kubernetes is it helps organizations to increase the infrastructure utilization by making use of the computing resources that will be used by microservices-based applications that are containerized. Kubernetes service providers help organizations adopt Kubernetes through an assessment of existing infrastructure, applications, and IT goals. These assessments give Kubernetes consultants a fair idea about the vision an organization is trying to achieve.
Kubernetes consulting services ensure that organizations focus on developing the right software that aligns with their business and IT goals. Kubernetes engineers optimize the infrastructure so that it can be used to maximize resource usage to run microservices-based applications. This approach improves the application performance and reduces IT costs on cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure by using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).