Today's business environment is extraordinarily competitive. No company, no matter its size or what industry it is in is safe from disruption. To mitigate this risk, it's important to consider implementing microservices best practices in order to change quickly, innovate easily, and meet competition wherever it arises. Organisations that have successfully laid a foundation for continuous innovation and agility have adopted microservices architectures to respond rapidly to the never-ending demands of the business.
Microservices are not always the best option: Monolithic and SOA based solutions still have (and will continue to have) a place in IT going forward. However, microservices is the state-of-the-art software pattern, and it is impacting the way we design, build and operate infrastructure services. The key to success from an infrastructure perspective is applying a Lego based principle to create infrastructure services that follow a “plug, play and orchestrate” approach and where the implementation is invisible to the consuming microservices. However, the path to a microservices-based infrastructure landscape is not straight – service complexity, implementation cost, the existing landscape as well as the everchanging new environment must be overcome. Successful organisations that are making use of microservices-based infrastructure follow the four-step implementation plan: consolidation, automation, orientation and orchestration.