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What are Microservices?

Microservices Definition

Microservices is a popular approach to software architecture that breaks down an application into a collection of small, independent services. Each microservice is responsible for a single function within the larger application, allowing for faster and more efficient development, deployment, and maintenance.

This approach has gained popularity in recent years due to its ability to promote scalability, flexibility, and agility in the development process. By dividing an application into smaller, independent services, teams can work on different parts of the system concurrently. This not only accelerates development but also makes it easier to manage and update the system over time.

According to a recent study Nautical commissioned with Forrester consulting, 69% of respondents indicated that microservices were an essential technical feature for their marketplace platforms.

Microservices Definition

Related terms

The acronym stands for Microservices, API-first, Cloud-native, and Headless. This architecture allows developers to build scalable and flexible applications by breaking down complex monolithic systems into smaller, independent services.
Cloud native architecture refers to building and running applications in the cloud, with the goal of harnessing the full potential of cloud computing.
An API, also known as an application programming interface, is a technology that allows different software applications to communicate with one another.
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