Microservices are conceptually too big; they conflate optimizing for organisational and technical factors, but solutions to problems of each type may not fit together very well, Phil Wills, senior architect at The Guardian, explained in a presentation at the QCon London conference promoting thinking about independent services and single responsibility applications, rather than microservices.
At the last QCon London, Michael Brunton-Spall, Technical Architect at the UK's Government Digital Service, expressed his views on how DevOps patterns are crucial to successfully operate microservices. Brunton-Spall identified the key ingredients to identify a microservice, explained how to build your first microservice and the necessary tools and practices to manage an ecosystem of microservices.
At QCon London 2015, Dave Farley proposed that although the state of software development has been suboptimal in the past, studies are revealing that the implementation of continuous delivery leads to considerable improvement. Farley stated that continuous delivery changes the economies of software development, and provides more rapid business idea validation and reduced defect rates.
Gene Kim (moderator), Gary Gruver, Andrew Phillips and Randy Shoup have discussed some of the benefits of microservices in a recent online panel.
Anna Shipman, technical architect at UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), revealed to the QCon London attendees how DevOps permeates their culture. GDS aims to lead the digital transformation of UK's government, "mak[ing] digital services and information simpler, clearer and faster". Its most well known site is GOV.UK, which provides government information and services.
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) made us think about breaking up monolithic systems into individual services but also encouraged building producer driven monster services with centralised control. With microservices we are going back to the underlying notions of why SOA made sense, Rebecca Parsons claimed in a presentation at the QCon London conference.
Yuval Yeret is a senior enterprise Agile Coach at AgileSparks. At the upcoming Agile India conference he is talking on good and bad ways to kickstart agile the Kanban way. He spoke to InfoQ about the synergies between Kanban and DevOps.
OpenStack specialists Mirantis have announced a joint project with Google to integrate the Kubernetes container management system with the OpenStack project, which will allow Docker containers to be deployed at scale on infrastructure managed by OpenStack.
James Turnbull, VP of engineering at Kickstarter and author of The Docker Book, presented at both FOSDEM and Config Management Camp about monitoring, sharing his views on modern, scalable, business oriented monitoring, provided as a service with self service APIs, and integrated in the project development.
Julian C. Dunn, product manager at Chef, presented at Config Management Camp about how configuration management needs to adapt to a containerized world, while Gareth Rushgrove, software engineer at Puppet Labs, talked about the future of configuration management, and how the emerging and future technologies will still need to have configuration management into account.
Jez Humble, co-author of "Continuous Delivery" and "Lean Enterprise" and VP at Chef, presented the second Config Management Camp keynote, sharing the principles that enable high throughput and stability and the configuration management practices behind them, using models drawn from the Lean movement.
Andrew Clay Shafer, senior director of technology at Pivotal, presented at Config Management Camp on BOSH, the project used to deploy Cloud Foundry PaaS, while Kelsey Hightower, developer advocate at CoreOS, talked about CoreOS and Kubernetes, the open source project started by Google to manage a cluster of Linux containers.
The Config Management Camp featured a panel with Mitchell Hashimoto, founder of HashiCorp and creator of Terraform, Gareth Rushgrove, senior software engineer at Puppet Labs, and John Keiser, development lead at Chef, discussing creation of infrastructure from code and cloud resources and APIs.
Jez Humble has stated that current software delivery practices are not optimised to create valuable software, and three issues must be addressed in order to enable innovation. First, the traditional project model is unsuitable. Second, the entire organisational value stream must be addressed. Third, the problems are rooted in process and culture, not organisational structure or tooling.
Mitchell Hashimoto, founder of HashiCorp and creator of Vagrant, presented the first Config Management Camp keynote, describing the status of the datacenter in the past and today, the existing problems and outlining solutions, such as distributed systems, failure tolerance or usage of containers.