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  • March 20, 2017

SOA vs Microservices Architecture by The SOA mythbusters

Juergen Kress
PaaS & Middleware Partner Adoption

imageSo, are you interested in SOA & Service Orientation technologies?, that’s great because we also are, and work with those every single day since a long time ago. As integration professionals, we’ve seen the SOA stack grow, change, incorporating new products and technology with each passing year.

We’re  Arturo Viveros and Rolando Carrasco, the SOA Myth Busters from Mexico, and as we go with this series we will  put to the test a number of questions, myths and urban legends regarding SOA, Digital Transformation and much more, in seek of finding out which myths are true and which are not.


Microservices Architecture is one of the disruptive technologies which have definitely taken center stage in these early days of the Digital Transformation era. Its fundamentals and value proposition are very appealing and in context with many of the architectural and functional needs of modern platforms and initiatives, so let’s begin by taking a quick overview:

ed deployment machinery. There is a bare minimum of centralized management of these services, which may be written in different programming languages and use different data storage technologies”“In short, the microservice architectural style is an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small services, each running in its own process and communicating with lightweight mechanisms, often an HTTP resource API. These services are built around business capabilities and independently deployable by fully automat

The above definition by Martin Fowler is fairly simple and at first sight doesn’t really introduce any extraordinary or revolutionary concepts. However, the best way to understand this architectural style as well as its differentiators and potential benefits, is contrasting it to what we may call traditional “monolithic” architectures:
With the term “monolith” being one of the most dreaded in IT lore, the design principles for which Microservices stand for become even more impactful: Read the complete article here.

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