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Why You Should Choose Microservices Architecture over Monolithic Architecture

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When embarking on the journey of creating your app, you will find yourself faced with a crucial question very early on: should you choose Monolithic or Microservices Architecture? Depending on your needs, you may find that either is best for you – each has its benefits and downsides.

In this article, we will be exploring the two: what they are, how they differ from one another, and some helpful tips to decide which one you should choose.

What is Monolithic Architecture?

Monolithic Architecture is a set-up used for traditional server-side systems, and its entire function is based on a single application. The structure of an application built with Monolithic Architecture would look like this:

Source: Clockwise.

The app would contain features (such as Authentication, Database, etc.) that communicate with each other within the same system, and would be on the same server, the same machine, and use the same file system.

The benefits of Monolithic Architecture are:

 

The downsides of Monolithic Architecture are:

 

What is Microservices Architecture?

In this type of architecture, every feature is its own application.  An application built with Microservices Architecture looks like this:

Source: Clockwise.

As opposed to a Monolithic Architecture application, a Microservices Architecture app’s features are their own apps. They are all separate entities, residing on their own servers, connected to each other with APIs.

The benefits of Microservices Architecture are:

 

The downsides of Microservices Architecture are:

 

Summing up

All in all, the factors that make the difference between you choosing either a Monolithic or Microservices Application should be:

 

Although opting for a Microservice Architecture might be more costly and take longer to develop, if your application is larger scale and will require ongoing scaling, we recommend choosing it over Monolithic Architecture.

Need more advice?

At FusionHit, we’ve got 10+ years of experience helping clients make the best choices for their projects. Being experts in Microservice Architecture, we’re confident that we can give you the insight you need to make the right choice.

Feel free to drop us a line at hello@fusionhit.com, or give us a call at +1 760 884-3886.

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