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Cloud Native Architectures by Piyum Zonooz, Erik Farr, Kamal Arora, Tom Laszewski

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Why services matter

A key differentiator of the cloud is the way applications are designed and deployed, with services-based architecture being the most popular. Services matter because they allow for applications to be designed into ever smaller components that have faster deployment velocity allowing business ideas to come to market quicker. In addition, the smaller a service or function, the smaller the blast radius, meaning that a fault or bad code only impacts a relatively small amount of connected services. This reduced blast radius has a significant improvement on the risk profile of code deployments and the time required to roll back if something bad was introduced:

A monolithic system deployed for high availability

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