A new white paper from QTS explains how microservices have boosted the speed, flexibility, and resilience of their proprietary Service Delivery Platform (SDP).
It is imperative in today’s fast-paced data center environment that product and service innovations be rolled out quickly and safely. According to QTS, microservices allows for just that. The reports compares microservices to the traditional monolithic approach. With the traditional monolithic approach, “over time, as the application grows larger and more complex, the ability to manage and update it becomes more complicated and time-consuming.” With microservices, software developers break an application down in to smaller pieces, “allowing businesses to be more nimble and resilient as they develop and enhance applications.”
The report cites Netflix as a prime example of how to integrate microservices. Netflix “systematically broke apart its application into more than 500 Microservices and APIs to more easily manage the application and deliver an improved and highly available experience for its nearly 200 million subscribers.”
According to QTS, “by separating large software applications into smaller, more manageable functional components, Microservices allows developers to independently innovate features without impacting the integrity of the entire application.” The report goes on to say that splitting components into microservices “also enables more frequent updates with little to no downtime for customers.” This is why QTS has taken the microservices model and applied it to their Service Delivery Platform (SDP).
“Microservices also allows QTS to separate the user interface (UI) and the backend business logic to enable changes to one without touching the other. This layered architecture provides a more resilient experience for users and supports QTS’ API-first approach.” QTS, “Driving Data Center Innovation with Microservices“
SDP allows the company to deliver real-time, remotely accessible insights to their data center customers. According to the authors, breaking SDP into its individual components allows them to develop and release enhancements to SDP more quickly and frequently. This, in turn allows them “accelerate the pace at which it can deliver key data center insights that help customers remotely manage their spaces.” An accelerated development and release schedule was, according to the authors, “difficult, if not impossible” with the traditional monolithic model.
The ability to quickly innovate is key in today’s fast-paced data center environment and QTS says microservices gives them a competitive advantage. While most in the data center space are still using the monolithic model, microscervices provide the company with the ability to react to customer demands quickly and proactively.
Download the full report, “Driving Data Center Innovation with Microservices” from QTS to learn more about the many customer benefitting impacts of microservices.