Let’s Architect! Designing microservices architectures
In 2022, we published Let’s Architect! Architecting microservices with containers. We covered integrations patterns and some approaches for implementing microservices using containers. In this Let’s Architect! post, we want to drill down into microservices only, by focusing on the main challenges that software architects and engineers face while working on large distributed systems structured as a set of independent services.
There are many considerations to cover in detail within a broad topic like microservices. We should reflect on the organizational structure, automation pipelines, multi-account strategy, testing, communication, and many other areas. With this post we dive deep into the topic by analyzing the options for discoverability and connectivity available through Amazon VPC Lattice; then, we focus on architectural patterns for communication, mainly on asynchronous communication, as it fits very well into the paradigm. Finally, we explore how to work with serverless microservices and analyze a case study from Amazon, coming directly from the Amazon Builder’s Library.
Modern applications are often built using a microservice distributed approach, which involves dividing the application into smaller, specialized services. Each of these services implement their own subset of functionalities or business logic. To facilitate communication between these services, it is essential to have a method to authorize, route, and monitor network traffic. It is also important, in case of issues, to have the ability of identifying the root cause of an issue, whether it originates at the application, service, or network level.
Amazon VPC Lattice can offer a consistent way to connect, secure, and monitor communication between instances, containers, and serverless functions. With Amazon VPC Lattice, you can define policies for traffic management, network access, advanced routing, implement discoverability, and, at the same time, monitor how the traffic is flowing inside complex applications in near real time.
Loosely coupled integration can help you design independent systems that can be developed and operated individually, plus increase the availability and reliability of the overall system landscape—particularly by using asynchronous communication. While there are many approaches for integration and conversation scenarios, it’s not always clear which approach is best for a given situation.
Join this re:Invent 2022 session to learn about foundational patterns for integration and conversation scenarios with an emphasis on loose coupling and asynchronous communication. Explore real-world use cases architected with cloud-native and serverless services, and receive guidance on choosing integration technology.
Software engineers love patterns—proven approaches to well-known problems that make software development easier and set our projects up for success. In complex, distributed systems, such as microservices, patterns like CQRS and Event Sourcing help decouple and scale systems.
The first part of the video is all about introducing architectural patterns and their applications, while the second part contains a set of demos and examples from the AWS console.
In this session, we examine at some typical patterns for building robust and performant serverless microservices, and how data access patterns can drive polyglot persistence.
If we don’t pay attention to the relative scale of a service and its clients, distributed systems with microservices can be at risk of overload. A common architecture pattern adopted by many AWS services consists of splitting the system in a control plane and a data plane.
This article drills down into this scenario to understand what could happen if the data plane fleet exceeds the scale of the control plane fleet by a factor of 100 or more. This can happen in a microservices-based architecture when service X recovers from an outage and starts sending a large amount of request to service Y. Without careful fine-tuning, this shift in behavior can overwhelm the smaller callee. With this resource, we want to share some mental models and design strategies that are beneficial for distributed systems and teams working on microservices architectures.
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