Drivers and Barriers for Microservice Adoption – A Survey among Professionals in Germany

Keywords: Microservice architecture, Survey, Software modernization, Microservice adoption


Microservices are an architectural style for software which currently receives a lot of attention in both industry and academia. Several companies employ microservice architectures with great success, and there is a wealth of blog posts praising their advantages. Especially so-called Internet-scale systems use them to satisfy their enormous scalability requirements and to rapidly deliver new features to their users. But microservices are not only popular with large, Internet-scale systems. Many traditional companies are also considering whether microservices are a viable option for their applications. However, these companies may have other motivations to employ microservices, and see other barriers which could prevent them from adopting microservices. Furthermore, these drivers and barriers possibly differ among industry sectors. In this article, we present the results of a survey on drivers and barriers for microservice adoption among professionals in Germany. In addition to overall drivers and barriers, we particularly focus on the use of microservices to modernize existing software, with special emphasis on implications for runtime performance and transactionality. We observe interesting differences between early adopters who emphasize scalability of their Internet-scale systems, compared to traditional companies which emphasize maintainability of their IT systems.

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