Evaluating the monolithic and the microservice architecture pattern to deploy web applications in the cloud

Mario Villamizar, Oscar Garces, Harold Castro, Mauricio Verano, Lorena Salamanca, Rubby Casallas, Santiago Gil

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Cloud computing provides new opportunities to deploy scalable application in an efficient way, allowing enterprise applications to dynamically adjust their computing resources on demand. In this paper we analyze and test the microservice architecture pattern, used during the last years by large Internet companies like Amazon, Netflix and LinkedIn to deploy large applications in the cloud as a set of small services that can be developed, tested, deployed, scaled, operated and upgraded independently, allowing these companies to gain agility, reduce complexity and scale their applications in the cloud in a more efficient way. We present a case study where an enterprise application was developed and deployed in the cloud using a monolithic approach and a microservice architecture using the Play web framework. We show the results of performance tests executed on both applications, and we describe the benefits and challenges that existing enterprises can get and face when they implement microservices in their applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 10th Computing Colombian Conference (10CCC) : Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, September 21st to 25th, 2015
EditorsOscar Gonzalez, Mario Sanchez
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781467394642
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Colombian Computing Conference, (10CCC 2015) - Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 21 Sept 201525 Sept 2015


Conference10th Colombian Computing Conference, (10CCC 2015)
Abbreviated title10CCC2015


  • cloud computing
  • microservices
  • service oriented architectures
  • SOA
  • scalable applications
  • infrastructure as a services
  • platform as a service
  • PaaS
  • IaaS
  • continuous delivery
  • software engineering
  • software architecture
  • microservice architecture


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