5G and Microservices: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship
The Microservices Architecture
The independence and reusability offered by the Microservices architecture is the key attraction for developers. Being responsible for the particular service they are working on, is better than being accountable for the whole software solution. The architecture ensures maximum connectivity with minimal coupling. Moreover, there are some additional benefits that the microservices entail:
· Better scalability due to the independence offered
· Hot services can be easily identified
· Fault isolation.
· The Spectrum of available Technology Stacks gets wider.
These benefits seem to be enough for any developer to start studying and working on microservices immediately. However, there is still some space for growth in this architecture. The world is laying the red carpet for a technology that would soon be dictating the way enterprises use mobility, networks, and connectivity. Therefore, it goes without saying that such technology will influence the ecosystem of microservices as well. Let us take a look at this technology before moving further.
Wireless communication technology is entering its next generation. 5G is being said to provide a speed hike of around 40% from the 4G LTE technology. There are numerous technologies which will be vital for 5G for example:
· Millimeter wave
· Full duplex
· Massive MIMO
· Small cells
While 5G’s potential is advantageous to Microservices architecture, Microservices are necessary for 5G technology as well. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that’s capable of disrupting the software world as we all know it.
5G Microservices Architecture is certain to be employed to create powerful complex solutions is an unavoidable feat. It’s just a matter of time before 5G Microservices find their way into every IT organization. This list of benefits that this marriage will reap is evidence to that:
· 5G Core technology: 5G Microservices Architecture enables the developers to dilute the complexity of the 5G ecosystem. Independent components can then be developed and implemented individually without mutual interference.
· Distribution Ease: Since they are lightweight, Microservices are already pretty easily deployable. Add the speed offered by 5G networks and the resulting 5G Microservices will enhance in this feature.
· Faster Updates: Keeping in mind the fault isolation and scalability of microservices, a corollary can be drawn about updating the services in the Microservices-based 5G core network. Thus, the 5G services will be easily updateable as well as scalable.
· Connectivity with Independence: The strong connections of the 5G network are further empowered by Microservices Architecture. The setup, scalability, and transaction of the sessions are all sped up by Microservices.
Challenges of 5G Microservices
As discussed above, Microservices architecture and 5G technology will certainly find a way to benefit each other. However, there are a few challenges that the enterprises need to be aware of, before making any strategies:
· The degree of orchestration that Microservices require is pretty high. Microservices need a lot of management and coordination. Decomposing an already existing system might be a little difficult.
· Same goes for 5G. The existing system is reluctant to be reengineered for suiting a 5G environment.
· Even the microservices architecture, if not properly strategized, can create problems with latency resulting in poor performance of 5G applications and services.
The universe wants an alliance to form between 5G and Microservices architecture. As we discussed, there are some challenges that enterprises need to deal with. However, that cannot and must not stop them from this bold move to exhibit a robust presence within the IT market. A new generation of microservices needs to independently flourish on 5G technology.