What is in a Microservice? A comparison to Service Oriented Architectures

Art der Arbeit:
  • Bachelorarbeit Wirtschaftsinformatik



Microservice architectures, in conjunction with DevOps management practices, have recently gained traction as a novel concept in services computing. However, in part triggered by the overlap in ideas with Service Oriented Architectures (and, going further back: module-based software development) the discussion on microservices is mixed (Pautusso et al, 2017), with proponents touting it as a “must have”, while critics label it as “nothing new”, and “won’t work” (cf. Pautusso et al, 2017).


The aim of this Bachelor thesis is to conceptualize a microservice and its consitiuent concepts, in so doing critically comparing this notion to ideas that one finds in well-established literature on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Further, depending on the interest of the student, an analogy between the more recent SOA and the older component based software development may be drawn. Thus, transitively micro-service architectures can be compared to (age-old) computing principles.


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