Improving Reliability with Alibaba Cloud Message Service

What Is the Microservices Architecture?

The microservices architecture is a software development technique that structures an application as a collection of loosely coupled services. The services are fine-grained and the protocols lightweight thus improving application modularity making it easier to understand, develop, and test. It parallelizes development by enabling small autonomous teams to develop, deploy and scale their respective services independently. Microservices-based architectures enable continuous delivery and deployment.

Limitations of Microservices Architecture

But they say everything has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages of the microservices architecture is application uptime guarantee. Huh? Yes, this can be a bit confusing, see by decoupling the entire application into microservices, you improve each individual component’s reliability but at the cost of your application’s overall reliability. Let’s dive a bit deeper into this.

What Is the Alibaba Cloud Message Service?

Alibaba Cloud Message Service is a distributed message queuing and notification service that supports concurrent operations to facilitate message transfer between applications and decoupled systems. Alibaba Cloud Message Service enables users to move data between distributed applications to achieve complex tasks, and build decoupled fault tolerant applications.

How Can Message Service Improve Uptime Reliability?

To get a good grasp of how the Message Service can improve reliability, let’s take a look at a typical group chat application. Let’s say you’ve built a Football Fan’s group chat application. Here the alias sports app have various chat groups named after popular football clubs like Chelsea FC (my personal favorite), Barcelona FC, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and so on.

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