Microservices are an attractive option for anyone who wants to remain flexible and independent of platforms, programming languages or other companies in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

How exactly do Microservices work? They are small, self-contained services that are neither linked to a surface nor a technology. Within a system, microservices perform specialized tasks such as collecting machine data. The benefits: The software is modular and can be adapted freely. There are also few prerequisites for implementation into existing technologies. Microservices are, therefore, the right choice for everyone who wants to get started quickly and agilely with IIoT.

Looking more closely, a microservice is a sub-function of a larger system: the microservice architecture. This software architecture is based on many small self-contained services. The architecture subdivides a software system into a multitude of small services. These act independently, i.e. autonomous of a user interface or technology. In contrast, monolithic software centralizes all functions. This results in dependencies on a specific platform, programming language, protocols or a particular company. With monolithic software, the development is centered around a platform or technology. …


Jonas Schaub

Executive Board Member elunic AG // Industry 4.0 & IIoT Solution Firm

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