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Microservices. Microservices everywhere! (At OSCON 2015)

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Microservices. Microservices everywhere! (At OSCON 2015)

  1. 1. Microservices. Microservices Everywhere! Jérôme Petazzoni — @jpetazzo Docker Inc. — @docker
  2. 2. Who am I? French software engineer living in California Joined Docker (dotCloud) more than 4 years ago (I was at Docker before it was cool!) I have built and scaled the dotCloud PaaS I learned a few things about running containers (in production)
  3. 3. Outline What are microservices? What are their challenges? How does Docker help? How can we do this today?
  4. 4. What are microservices?
  5. 5. Microservices: a style of software architecture Break big application down into many small services Example: e-commerce - web front-end - catalog of products - inventory/stock management - shipping calculator - payment processor - billing/invoicing - recommendation engine - user profiles
  6. 6. Why are we doing this? (1/2) Use different stacks for different services (use the right language/tool for the job) Replace or refactor individual services easily Less coordination required when deploying - deploy more often - less risk - more agility and speed
  7. 7. Why are we doing this? (2/2) Promotes many small teams instead of one big army - smaller teams = less communication overhead - see Jeff Bezos' "two-pizza rule" Enables effective ownership of services - a service always has an "owner" (=team) - the owner is responsible (=on call) - the owner is empowered (=can fix things)
  8. 8. What are the challenges associated with microservices?
  9. 9. Fast, efficient RPC calls Docker does not help with that. See instead: - ZeroRPC - Cap'n Proto - XMLRPC - SOAP - Dnode - REST - Queues (like AMQP), for long-running/async operations
  10. 10. Architecturing the application in small blocks Docker does not help with that. Some tips: - Pretend that you're outsourcing parts of your stack - Wrap database access; each object (or table) = one service
  11. 11. Efficient deployment system Instead of deploying one monolith once in a while, we deploy many services very frequently The manual, tedious, uniquely tailored deployment system has to be replaced with something simple and reliable It must be easy to add new components and deploy them Docker does help with that.
  12. 12. Network plumbing Instead of one monolith talking to a database, we now have 100s of services talking to each other Those services will often be scaled independently Instead of direct, deterministic library calls, we now have network calls across load balancers Scaling, load balancing, monitoring must be easy to do Docker does help with that.
  13. 13. More challenges See Microservices: not a free lunch[1], by Benjamin Wootton. [1] http://highscalability.com/blog/2014/4/8/microservices-not-a-free-lunch.html
  14. 14. How does Docker help us to implement microservices?
  15. 15. Building code, without Docker Deployment scripts are fragile Configuration management is hard (and not a silver bullet) Environments differ: - from dev to dev - from dev to prod
  16. 16. Building code, with Docker Write a Dockerfile for each component Builds are fast - each build step is saved - future builds will reuse saved steps Builds are reproducible - build environment can be well-defined - outside context is limited
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  18. 18. Shipping code, without Docker Push code or build artifacts to servers Distro packages (deb, rpm...) are great, but hard to build (too generic) Artifact libraries are great, but tailored to specific languages (too specific) When deployment fails, rollback isn't guaranteed to work
  19. 19. Shipping code, with Docker Container images can be pushed to registries Container engines can pull from those registries Docker Inc. provides a free registry (the Docker Hub) Works out of the box in 2 minutes (includes account creation and engine setup) Can also be deployed on prem Rollbacks are easy (see: immutable infrastructure with containers)
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  21. 21. Network plumbing, without Docker Application code must be modified to handle: - service discovery (e.g. lookup endpoint addresses into Consul, Etcd, ZK) - failover (same, but also needs to watch for changes) Development stack becomes either: - very complex (because of those extra components) - different from production (because the code path differs)
  22. 22. Network plumbing, with Docker Application code doesn't deal with plumbing Application code connects to services using DNS aliases DNS aliases are injected by Docker (as entries in /etc/hosts) In dev, DNS aliases map directly to service containers In prod, DNS aliases map to special-purpose containers, implementing service discovery, load-balancing, failover Those containers are called ambassadors
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  24. 24. How can we do this today?
  25. 25. Developing on a single node Docker Compose Describe a stack of containers in a simple YAML file Start the stack with a single command Compose connects containers together with links Also provides simple scaling and log aggregation
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  27. 27. Scaling with static resource scheduling Docker Compose + Docker remote API Deploy stateful services separately Replace them with ambassadors in the stack Instantiate the stack multiple times Fits well with existing IAAS auto-scaling models
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  29. 29. Scaling with dynamic resource scheduling Docker Compose + Docker Swarm Swarm consolidates multiple Docker hosts into a single one Swarm "looks like" a Docker daemon, but it dispatches (schedules) your containers on multiple daemons Swarm speaks the Docker API front and back Swarm is open source and written in Go (like Docker) Swarm was started by two of the original Docker authors (@aluzzardi and @vieux) Swarm is not stable yet (version 0.3 right now)
  30. 30. No live demo Video from DockerCon 2015, last month (10 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at72dhg-SZY&t=2600
  31. 31. Thanks! Questions? @jpetazzo — @docker

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