The Enterprise Architect’s Intro to Microservices - Part 3: Bending Reality with Microservices in Production Systems

Still chugging along with a monolithic enterprise system that’s difficult to scale and maintain, and even harder to understand? In this three-part series on Microservices for enterprise architects, we explain why a microservice-based architecture that consists of small, independent services is far more flexible than the traditional all-in-one systems that continue to dominate today’s enterprise landscape.

In Part 3, Lightbend CTO and Akka creator Jonas Bonér continues from the six characteristics of Reactive Microservices presented earlier with a simple premise (in the spirit of Carl Hewitt): one microservices is no microservice–they come in systems.

As any Enterprise Architect will come to understand, to exploit reality we need to live and operate within its constraints––accepting that time is relative, information has latency and so on––in order to bend these laws of concurrency and distribution. In the final part of this series, we review the real-life needs of systems of Microservices, including details on how to manage:

  • Service discovery
  • API management
  • Communication patterns management
  • Integration
  • Security management
  • Data coupling minimization
  • Reducing the cost of coordination

Be sure to check out our Videos page and blog for previous webinars sessions in this series, and others!

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Jonas Bonér
Co-Founder & CTO


Jonas Bonér is a co-founder of Lightbend and creator of the Akka event-driven middleware project. Previously he was a core technical contributor at Terracotta, working on core JVM-level clustering technology, and at BEA, as part of the JRockit JVM team. Jonas has also been an active contributor to open source projects including the AspectWerkz Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) framework and the Eclipse AspectJ project. He is an amateur Jazz musician, passionate skier and holds a Bachelors of Science from Mid Sweden University.

About Lightbend

Lightbend (Twitter: @Lightbend) is dedicated to helping developers build Reactive applications on the JVM. With the Lightbend Reactive Platform, developers can create message-driven applications that scale on multicore and cloud computing architectures by using projects like Lagom, Play Framework, Akka, Scala, Java, and Apache Spark. To help our customers succeed, Lightbend partners with technology pioneers such as Databricks, IBM, and Mesosphere.