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What Are the Differences Between the Microservice and Common Application?

Updated at: Apr 06, 2021 GMT+08:00

The microservice is an architectural model. Its general idea is to break an application into multiple parts. Therefore, an application using the microservice architecture is actually a distributed application.

This enables services to change faster, and the system to be more reliable.



Common Application


The workload of a microservice is light. A two-pizza team can rewrite all the code of a microservice in two weeks. This can be used as a symbol of microservices. When developing a microservice, its APIs need to be available for interconnection with other microservices. Therefore, the API definition-based development mode is highly recommended.

Complex logic, coupled modules, bloated code, difficult modification, and low version iteration efficiency.


An application consisting of multiple microservices is complex. Orchestration is required when the application is deployed.

Applications are probably large and require much time to build and deploy. This is not conducive to frequent deployment and hinders continuous delivery. This problem is especially serious in mobile application development.


Microservice O&M focuses on governance, in addition to metrics monitoring and log collection. The core concept of microservice governance is to maintain system performance through modifications while the system is running.

It takes a long time to rectify common online problems. To rectify any online problem, the entire application system must be upgraded.

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