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Production-Ready Microservices by Susan J. Fowler

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Glossary

actionable alert

An alert that, when triggered, contains a step-by-step process that the on-call rotation can follow to triage, mitigate, and resolve the alert.

alerting

The practice of notifying an on-call developer (or developers) when one of a service’s key metrics has reached a critical or warning alert threshold.

alert threshold

Static or dynamic quantities that are set for each key metric signifying that the key metric in question is at a normal, warning, or critical level; reaching the threshold should trigger an actionable alert.

application platform layer

The third layer of a microservice ecosystem, containing self-service internal tools, the development environment, test, package, build, and release tools, the deployment pipeline, microservice-level logging, and microservice-level monitoring.

application programming interface (API)

A well-defined client-side interface in each microservice that allows other services to interact with it programmatically by sending requests to static endpoints.

architecture diagram

A high-level visual representation of the architecture of a microservice.

architecture review

An organizational practice and process for evaluating, understanding, and improving the architecture of a microservice.

bare metal

The term used to refer to servers owned, run, and maintained by the organization itself, as opposed to hardware rented from so-called cloud providers.

canary

The second stage of the deployment pipeline containing ...

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