Microservices represent a new form of API-based application architecture that enables enterprises to leverage continuous iteration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) tools and processes within containerized architectures and PaaS.
Nearly 70% of organizations are either using or investigating microservices, and nearly one-third are using them in production.
These are powerful techniques popularized by many companies, including Amazon, Netflix, and Airbnb. Amazon championed the approach and proved it to be useful in ensuring effective communication within teams and enabling the company to deploy code to production hundreds of times of day two.
At Netflix, one of the earliest adopters of microservices, roughly 30 independent teams have delivered over 500 microservices.
However, companies have struggled with security, with a lack of visibility into usage and performance of the microservices APIs, and with building agile microservices for clean reuse.
Their challenges include bolstering security in a zero-trust environment, ensuring compliance, providing transparent control to mitigate risk, improving the developer experience, and encouraging and increasing microservices reuse.
Managed microservices are the solution; companies are making strategic investments in API management platforms for their microservices success. All microservices have APIs and enterprises need to manage their microservices in the same way as they manage APIs.