Chapter 7. Adopting Microservices in Practice

Throughout this book we’ve talked about companies that have enjoyed success with the microservices style. In fact, a lot of the organizations that we’ve used to highlight the microservice architecture are the same ones that pop up in most of the online literature: Amazon, Netflix, and SoundCloud, among others. But chances are that your business doesn’t look or act like one of these online companies. That’s not a bad thing.

Doing things in the microservices way can apply to almost any organization. We believe that every organization that does business on the Internet has an opportunity to improve with a focus on balancing safety and speed at scale. From this focus, you can identify the principles and practices from our showcase microservices organizations that will work for you.

We also know that most readers are already working in a company with active IT services up and running in production. That means you’re likely dealing with an existing legacy of culture, organizational structure, process, tools, services, and architecture. You’re not going to be designing an optimized microservice-centric system from scratch. To adopt the microservices way of building applications, you’ll need a set of principles and practices that fit your unique set of constraints and coax the system toward an optimal balance of safety and speed.

In this chapter we will highlight some of the most common adoption challenges that you will face when implementing ...

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