Microservices and SOA for Business Central integrations.

Microservices and SOA for Business Central integrations

The development of new modern applications is now a lean and agile process. The data-driven information process is a necessity rather than a competitive advantage. But which solution is the preferred for Business Central integrations, SOA, Microservices or both? Let’s dive into the solution architectures of the future.

What is SOA, Service Oriented Architecture?

SOA is a group of modular services that communicate to support applications and their deployment. SOA was created to respond to the traditional, monolithic way of building applications. SOA divide the required components into smaller service modules that exchange information to handle specific business objectives. They can be deployed separately to serve different purposes. SOA is usually delivered via the cloud.

A SOA is divided into a service provider and a service consumer. The provider layer includes the services involved, and the consumer layer is the UI. A SOA usually involve an ESB, Enterprise Service Bus to coordinate and control the services.

What are microservices?

Microservices are applications structured as distinct purpose-built services. It is considered an evolution of SOA since it is much more specific. The applications also function independently of each other. The benefit is that even if one of the services fail within an application, the app continues to function since each service has a distinct purpose. The services in microservice communicate via APIs.

Since each service is independent, a microservice architecture is scalable for each service independently. It also gives microservice applications better fault tolerance than other development methods for applications. Microservices are commonly built and deployed in the cloud.

What are the differences between SOA and Microservices?

There are a lot of similarities between SOA and Microservices. They both run in a cloud environment. They are both designed to combine multiple services. They both break large applications into smaller services. But there are also many differences.

  • SOA is designed to share resources across services while Microservices is designed to host services that function independently.
  • SOA involves larger modular services while Microservices is tuned for fine-grained services.
  • SOA communicates through an ESB while Microservices communication through an API layer.
  • SOA share as much resources as possible while Microservices share as few resources as possible.

Microservices is a good choice for Business Central integrations.

Bringing it all together. Microservices is a good choice for Business Central integrations. We have identified three separate areas where Microservices are preferred:

  • Microservices are better for scalability, since each application function independently and can be replaced as such.
  • Microservices are better for smaller, web-based applications since the scope is an application scope.
  • Microservices are better for quick and easy deployment, since it is a smaller, independent service.

OmniConnect is the only purpose-built Business Central integration platform.

OmniConnect IPaaS platform, works as an API for all the integration Apps from Codeunit. All the integration Apps communicate independently with Business Central, through OmniConnect. You will be able to create a complete Unified Commerce solution with separate integration Apps. The solution is scalable and faster than any integration project you have implemented in the past. With Plug-n-sell™ deployment and implementation services you will be up and running in no time.

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