A modern illustration of the Azure Service Fabric scheme for Microservices

Modern integration uses interconnected microservices to build cloud-based workloads that bridge the capabilities between the digital ecosystem and the traditional core enterprise.

Azure Service Fabric is Microsoft’s open-sourced platform used to develop and deploy microservices solutions. When employing a powerful, reliable, and simplified microservices development approach with infrastructure resources, solutions to business problems are quickly and efficiently achieved.

Why Azure Service Fabric?

Azure microservices solutions help organizations realize business objectives, maintain a competitive edge, and achieve business goals. It does this by:

  • Scaling applications rapidly, automatically, and economically.
  • Providing consistently reliable application performance.
  • Enabling rolling upgrades of applications with no down time.
  • Providing easy roll back to a previous version in the event of an error.
  • Accelerating delivery of new features.
  • And more.

In summary, Azure Fabric Service simplifies the building and deploying of microservices-based applications, allowing developers to focus on building features that add business value and drive business success.

Evolve your microservices infrastructure

In a distributed system, the ability to securely communicate between nodes in a cluster is crucial. Service Fabric provides the ability to resolve service locations through its layered communication subsystems that enable you to write applications containing several important characteristics as shown in this diagram.

A scheme showing the subsystems of an Azure Service Fabric solution
Azure Service Fabric subsystems diagram

Transport subsystem: Implements a point-to-point datagram communication channel to communicate within service fabric clusters and between the service fabric cluster and clients.

Federation subsystem: Provides the distributed systems primitives needed by subsystems, including failure detection, leader election, and consistent routing.

Reliability subsystem: Provides the mechanism to make the state of a Service Fabric service highly available through the use of the Replicator, Failover Manager, and Resource Balancer.

Management subsystem: Provides end-to-end services and application lifecycle management. Enables you to provision, deploy, patch, upgrade, and deprovision applications without loss of availability.

Hosting subsystem: Manages the lifecycle of the application on each node. Interacts with the reliability and health components to ensure that the replicas are properly placed and are healthy.

Communication subsystem: Uses the Naming service so clients can securely communicate with any node in the cluster to resolve a service name and retrieve service metadata.

Testability subsystem: Allows developers to induce meaningful faults and run test scenarios to validate the numerous states and transitions the service will experience throughout its lifetime.

Azure Service Fabric benefits

Building microservices solutions with Azure Service Fabric provides countless benefits for developers and administrators including greater flexibility, reliability, and scalability.

  • Mix and match the programming models and languages that work for you.
  • Deploy the same application code on public, hosted, or private clouds.
  • Utilize the multiple container orchestration and microservices framework models provided.
  • Build stateless or stateful microservices and preserve your state even in the event of network or other system failures.
  • Maintain any number of running service copies.
  • Realize overall application performance improvement with decreased contention for memory access.
  • Mix and match the programming models and languages that work for you, from containers and guest-executables to microservices and actors.
  • Build microservices to power the most complex workloads and scale them into or across the cloud.
  • Enable continuous integration and development practices and accelerate delivery of new features.
  • Provide a thousand services within a single process, rather than dedicating entire OS instances.

Learn more!

To learn more about building microservices solutions using Azure Service Fabric, read the TwoConnect case study describing how to transform legacy BizTalk Server capabilities into a modern microservice based solution.

TwoConnect can help you get there!

At TwoConnect, we help you achieve a smooth transition to Azure Service Fabric from initial start-up to steady-state operations, after which we provide you with the full complement of support documentation and training you need to run your microservices environment effectively.

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