Trends Report

Microservices Have An Important Role In The Future Of Solution Architecture

Notable Risks Call For Careful Preparation And A Measured Approach

July 16th, 2015
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Randy Heffner
With contributors:
Christopher Mines , Dave Bartoletti , Kurt Bittner , Jeffrey Hammond , Henry Peyret , Derek Nahabedian , Tyler Thurston


With increasing frequency, microservices are appearing in enterprises' efforts to achieve better software architectures, especially among those operating at scale, such as eBay, Google, Netflix, and Wal-Mart. "Better" in these efforts alternatively means faster software delivery, greater operational resilience and scalability, better solution maintainability, or all of the above. For application development and delivery (AD&D) pros, the question is how and where microservices might help improve software architecture. To answer that, it's necessary to understand how they are similar to and different from past approaches and when they should and shouldn't be used. This report provides Forrester's take on what microservices are and how AD&D pros should take advantage of them in modern applications, their solution architecture, and their integration strategy.

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