5G Microservices: A Symbiosis between 5G and Microservices
Blog: NASSCOM Official Blog
All the flavor of the Microservices architecture lies in the independence that it offers. Each service is only responsible for the task it was intended for. There is a strong communication among all the services but the overall coupling is very loose, as one would desire in any complex enterprise solution. Here are a few other benefits of employing this architecture to build your solutions:
- Lets the teams work independently on the services, hence, scaling up the development process
- Identification scaling of hot services is comparably easy
- Independence of microservices also enables fault isolation.
- A wider range of technology stacks to pick from
With all these benefits, it seems difficult to find any room for more improvement in the Microservices architecture. However, there is a technology sprouting in the Technology and Communication market that might reform this near-perfect architecture into something even more robust
Wireless communication technology is entering its next generation. 5G is being said to provide a speed hike of around 40% from the 4G LTE technology. There are numerous technologies that will be vital for 5G like:
- Full duplex
- Massive MIMO
- Small cells
Combining 5G’s potential with Microservices architecture is not just beneficial for the resulting 5G Microservices but for the 5G technology itself too. It is a symbiotic relationship that is capable of disrupting the IT world as we know it.
Employing the 5G Microservices Architecture to build powerful complex solutions is an unavoidable feat. Sooner or later, 5G Microservices will find their way into every IT organization. One can find this to be pretty evident if one goes through the list of benefits that this marriage will have:
- The Core technology in 5G networks: 5G Microservices Architecture will allow the developers to break down the complexity of the 5G ecosystem. The resulting independent components can be developed and implemented individually without mutual interference.
- Easy Distribution: Microservices, being lightweight, are already pretty easily deployable. 5G Microservices will further this feature with the added speed of 5G networks.
- Faster Updates: We discussed the fault isolation and ease of scalability of Microservices. A corollary can be drawn about updating the services in the Microservices-based 5G core network. Thus, the 5G services will be easily updatable as well as scalable.
- Hyper-connectivity and Independence: The strong connections of the 5G network are further empowered by Microservices Architecture. The session setup, session scalability, and transaction processing are all sped up by Microservices.
Challenged by 5G Microservices
Although, Microservices architecture and 5G technology will certainly find a way to benefit each other, yet there are a few challenges that the enterprises need to be wary of, before making any strategies:
- The degree of orchestration that Microservices require is pretty high. This means that microservices need a lot of coordination and management. Therefore, decomposing an already existing system might be a little difficult.
- The same goes for 5G. Reengineering an existing system for suiting a 5G environment can be challenging and time-consuming.
- Even the microservices architecture, if not properly strategized, can create problems with latency resulting in poor performance of 5G applications and services.
The universe is aligning itself to make 5G and Microservices architecture to come together. There certainly are some challenges that enterprises need to deal with. Though, that should not stop them to make this bold move and exhibit a strong presence in the IT market. It is a new generation of microservices that requires can independently flourish on the 5G technology.