3 common pitfalls of microservices integration—and how to avoid them

Microservices are all the rage. They have an interesting value proposition, which is getting software to market fast while developing with multiple software development teams. So, microservices are about scaling your development force while maintaining high agility and a rapid development pace.

In a nutshell, you decompose a system into microservices. Decomposition is nothing new, but with microservices you give the teams developing services as much autonomy as possible.

For example, a dedicated team fully owns the service and can deploy or redeploy whenever they want to. They typically also do devops to be able to control the whole service. They can make rather autonomous technology decisions and run their own infrastructure, e.g. databases. Being forced to operate the software typically limits the number of wired technology choices, as people tend to choose boring technology much more often when they know they will have to operate it later on.

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Microservices are about decomposition, but giving each component a high degree of autonomy and isolation.

A fundamental result of microservices architecture is that every microservice is a separate application communicating remotely with other microservices. This makes microservice environments highly distributed systems. Distributed systems have their own challenges. In this article, I’ll walk you through the three most common pitfalls I have seen in recent projects.

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