Microservice Architecture, or simply microservices, describes an architecture or design pattern for software applications made up of loosely coupled services which implement business capabilities. Common characteristics include automated deployment and decentralized control of languages and data.
Many people use Docker or other container technologies for rapid development and testing of services, which makes them enablers of a microservice architecture due to the ability to run only the one thing the container is designed to do (unlike Virtual Machines).
As of version 4.3.3, AppDynamics began utilizing an updated Microservices iQ feature which automatically detects the service endpoints of the microservices architecture and allows them to be viewed in the context of distributed business transactions.
This allows users to understand microservice life cycles and ensure data continuity despite the intermittent presence of the underlying application infrastructure. They can check the availability of microservices within a network, as well as the availability of 3rd-party services. This provides the essential next level of performance diagnostics for microservices, ensuring that a particular service is not a bottleneck blocking business transactions.
Getting Started with Containers and Microservices by Matt Chotin
Microservices Sprawl: How Not to be Overrun by Saba Anees
Expanding Amazon Web Services Monitoring with AppDynamics by Anand Akela
The Role of APM in Continuous Integration and Continuous Release by Jonah Kowall
The State of DevOps at the Start of 2017 by Reanna Miranda
Published on 8/31/2017
Updated on 10/2/18 for versions 4.4+