Containers, Microservices, and the Impact on IT

Last September, I did a series of presentations on “The Future of Integration” and highlighted the popularity of containers and the growing momentum around microservices. Since then, interest in microservices has exploded within the technology industry and containers are seen as a major vehicle for delivering them.

While I love new technology as much as the next person, my first thought is typically “how do established companies take advantage of it?” I’ve been consuming a lot (and creating a little) content around this over the past few months, and these are just a few pieces that discuss the practical aspects of containers and microservices:

  • The Microservice Revolution: Containerized Applications, Data and All. I just posted this piece by the ClusterHQ folks to InfoQ. It’s a nice the value proposition of containers and discusses some challenges around state management.
  • Virtual Roundtable: The Role of Containers in Modern Applications. I conducted this roundtable last month with five very smart, practical folks. We covered the impact of microservices and containers on existing organizations, and how developers should approach containers.
  • Integration and Microservices. The incomparable Charles Young has written a great three part series about microservices from an integration perspective. Part one discussed the intersection of integration/EAI and microservices. Part two looks at microservices and mediation services. Part three looks at iPaaS and microservices. All told, these three articles represent a thoughtful exploration of these new concepts.
  • Discussing All Things Distributed from The New Stack WarmUp. I recently participated in a fun session for The New Stack where we talked about distributed systems, containers, and microservices. I ended up pointing out some implications of these technologies on existing companies, and we had an engaging discussion that you can listen to here.

If you’re in the Microsoft world, you also might enjoy attending the upcoming BizTalk Summit in London where Microsoft will talk more about their upcoming microservices cloud platform. In addition, many of the speakers are pragmatic integration-oriented individuals who give real-life advice for modernizing your stack.

It’s a fun time to be in the technology domain, and I hope you keep an eye on all these new developments!

Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, and a former editor plus former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management, Richard leads an organization of Google Cloud developer advocates, engineers, platform builders, and outbound product managers that help customers find success in their cloud journey. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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