Cloud-Native Development

CCW03 Demystifying Microservice Architecture


2:00pm - 3:15pm

Level: Intermediate

Miguel Castro



Melvicorp LLC

Here we go again, another cool buzz phrase. And like many other buzz phrases, it’s often misunderstood. In fact, many developers or even full organizations don’t really have a clear understanding of what Microservices are. The reason is two-fold. First, many are too hung up on the technology to use. It’s gotta be REST, they have to be small (it’s micro remember), you gotta use Docker, etc. I’m being sarcastic in case you didn’t notice. The second reason is that devs are not thinking of their systems in a more holistic fashion when trying to fit what they think are microservices into the mix. And no, this way of thinking about a system does not imply a tightly coupled system, don’t worry. This session will not be about code, but more about architecture and design.

Miguel will tell you what microservices are, what a microservice architecture is, and we’ll discuss the characteristics at the service level with everything that surrounds them in the architecture. We’ll talk about the concept of “design for failure” while covering topics like hosting, discoverability, failover, and the often-confusing API Gateway are some of the things you will need to understand before you embark on the adventure that is a microservice architecture. And we will answer the question “is it even something that will work for you.”

You will learn:

  • About removing technology hang-ups
  • How to define microservices
  • Holistic architecture approaches