When you think about microservices, you probably think of open-ended services supporting user facing applications like Netflix or Uber. These services must be "always-on." There's no finish line. Some call these streaming services. But not all microservices fall into this category. Some microservices are finite - they have a beginning and a definitive end. Microservices supporting batch data integration jobs fall into this category. So do those supporting database migrations. These microservices shut down after the job is accomplished.
Finite microservices like these have their own set of development and deployment requirements and challenges that set them apart from streaming microservices. In this episode of Pivotal Insights, host Jeff Kelly speaks with Michael Minella, project lead for Spring Cloud Task at Pivotal. The two discuss what differentiates finite microservices from their streaming counterparts, identify the unique challenges associated with developing and deploying them, and offers tips for overcoming these challenges with Spring Cloud Task.
News and Resources
- Go deeper on finite microservices with this presentation Task Madeness - Modern On-Demand Processing by Minella
- Watch this presentation from Minella on Data Microservices with Spring Cloud Stream, Task and Data Flow
- Download and get started with Spring Cloud Task on its open source project page and visit Spring Cloud Task on GitHub
About the Author
Jeff Kelly is a Director of Product Marketing at Pivotal Software. He spends his time learning and writing about how leading enterprises are tapping the cloud, data and modern application development to transform how the world builds software. Prior to joining Pivotal, Jeff was the lead industry analyst covering Big Data analytics at Wikibon, an open source research and advisory firm. Before that, Jeff covered data warehousing, business analytics and other IT topics as a reporter and editor at TechTarget. He received his B.A. in American studies from Providence College and his M.A. in journalism from Northeastern University.Follow on Google Plus Follow on Twitter More Content by Jeff Kelly