We probably don't need to remind you that microservices is a fast-growing phenomenon, expected to continue expanding over the next few years. We could lightly mention that, within the past decade, "software ate the world, then grew fond of sushi." But perhaps that is not enough for you? Then we invite you to read on.
In this article, we'll look at the microservices market's characteristics now and in the near future, highlighting the main dynamics along the way. By the conclusion, you'll have a compact understanding of what's driving the expansion and the market's changing value out to 2026.
Why were microservices born?
The primary motivating factor came from the traditional practice of producing software within a monolith structure with many functional components all contained within a single code project. In our internet age, this practice soon created a series of impractical situations. Monolithic applications required significant effort whenever they needed updating. Often, functionally local issues caused widespread disruptive effects. Lastly, scaling to accommodate rising and falling user demand is not intrinsic to most applications built on monolithic architectures. Microservices architecture arose primarily to prevent these problematic situations from absorbing the resources of the enterprises that depend upon software and the teams who create and maintain applications.
Microservices market dynamics
The expansion of the global microservices architecture market is aided by an increase in digital transformations, the proliferation of connected devices, and the rising adoption of cloud-based solutions.
The global microservices architecture market was valued at USD 2,073 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 8,073 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 18.6% from 2019 to 2026.
Some notable features of the market, categorized by deployment mode and by region, follow below:
Based on deployment mode.
The market is split into two categories: on-premise and cloud. In 2018, on-premise accounted for around three-fifths of market revenue, and this trend is expected to continue through 2026. Similarly, the cloud category would have the highest CAGR of 21.2 percent from 2016 to 2026.
Based on region.
The global market is divided into four regions: North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Europe. In 2018, North America accounted for more than half of the global market share, and this trend is predicted to continue through 2026. At the same time, the Asia-Pacific area is expected to grow at the fastest rate, with a CAGR of 23.4 percent from 2019 to 2026. IBM Corporation, Oracle, Microsoft Corporation, Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Salesforce.com, MuleSoft Inc., Software AG, Datawire, CA Technologies, and Syntel are the leaders in the global microservices architecture.
Reasons to switch to microservices
Resilience and availability
Your entire app is decentralized and split into services that operate independently via microservices. Unlike a monolithic architecture, where a failure in the code affects multiple services or functions, a failure in a microservice architecture has less influence. Even if numerous services are taken offline for maintenance, your users will be unaffected.
Vertical and horizontal scaling
Microservices are defined by their scalability. You can scale up a single function or service without growing the entire application because each service is a separate component. As a result, business-critical services can be deployed on multiple servers for increased availability and performance without impacting the performance of other services.
No limits in choosing tools for new components
With microservices, you don't have to rely on a single vendor. Instead, you can select the most appropriate tool for the job. Furthermore, any service can communicate with the other services in your application while using its own language, framework, or ancillary services.
Faster time to market
You don't have to rewrite your entire codebase to add or modify a feature because microservices works with loosely linked services. Instead, you simply make modifications to a single service. You can get your app and services to market faster if you develop them in smaller chunks that are independently testable and deployable.
Value of adoption
Improved ROI and reduced TCO
Microservices provide resource optimization. Multiple teams operate on discrete services with microservices, allowing you to deliver more quickly – and pivot more readily when necessary. Your team's code will be more reusable, and development time will be reduced. You won't have to use pricey equipment if you decouple services. Simple x86 machines will suffice. The increased efficiency of microservices reduces infrastructure costs and minimizes downtime, resulting in improved ROI and reduced TCO.
Businesses evolve to gain the full benefits
Switching to a completely different architectural structure will certainly demand changes in your company's managerial and monitoring activities.
Here are some of the questions to ask to check how ready you are:
Can your executive team stay focused on a long-term, company-wide transformation long enough to see it through to completion? Can your organization continue to allocate resources to this project while managing other company initiatives?
Can you identify the clear functional areas to transform into individual microservices? Can you dedicate people with the necessary domain knowledge to be owners for each functional area?
Are the people who develop and maintain your applications ready to act in smaller, more autonomous groups?
Suppose your organization is ready - or can be made ready - to gain the full benefit from the transition to microservices. In that case, you'll be in a more resilient and adaptive state generally, too.
If you are new to the topic, we hope this article got you up to speed on some key aspects of the global microservices architecture market. On the other hand, if you are familiar with the topic, we hope the article provided a useful recap. Either way, you can see the microservices architecture market continues to be one of the most promising areas in IT for businesses, investors, and opportunities for skilled industry professionals. However, it also presents a new set of challenges, which we will cover in future articles.
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