Microservices: A more robust and scalable solution
In today’s blog, Martin Farrell, one of our senior developers, talks us through the advantages that come with taking a microservice approach to our architecture and how that will ultimately benefit our customer base.
A better service
Here at NetEDI, innovation is one of our core values and that is why we’ve chosen to focus on Microservices as a new approach to our platform.
The bottom line for our customers is that Microservices allow us to put together new services and functions on our platform more efficiently and securely . We can respond faster to our customers’ needs, wants and behaviours and create a streamlined, efficient user experience with fewer possible points of failure. Let’s explore that in a little more detail.
First, a definition…
If you’re not too familiar with Microservices, this term is used to describe a method of software development that arranges an application into smaller independent services. A microservice architecture has several small services that serve a specific function, rather than one monolithic application for everything.
We use microservices for various syntaxes and document types, which include EDI messages. The world of technology continues to change fast and Microservices offer a good solution to some of the challenges we face.
In the past, developers would focus on building one, monolithic application that used the same code language throughout. But with the microservice method, developers can be split into smaller teams and work on separate Microservices, even using different code languages for each one.
The scale of data we can ingest and store through microservices allows us to run analytics and machine learning algorithms against it to help deliver insights, innovation and new features for clients. If there’s an issue that needs to be fixed, we now don’t have to rebuild the entire application. As Microservices are independent, stand-alone entities, they can be removed, fixed or updated without affecting any other of the Microservices within the application.
Each different microservice is reusable – so if it’s needed in a different application then the code is already there ready to go. This is a great way of keeping the code organised, being economical with our developers’ time and making sure we’re not reinventing the wheel every time we want to update something or design new solutions.
How Microservices Communicate
Microservices use API (Application Processing Interface) technology to communicate with each other. APIs are a means by which two different services can exchange information securely and in real-time.
We also use API technology in order to integrate our customers’ EDI messages with their back-office accounting systems so they can see all their business data in one place.
Unlimited scalability in the cloud
Using the cloud has certainly changed the way businesses communicate with each other and how services are delivered to end users. All our solutions are completely cloud based, which means that our customers don’t have to install any hardware on their machines or manage any updates themselves. The Microservice architecture means that we can deploy into the cloud as and when we need to, only using the space we need.
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