IDG Contributor Network: Microservice tracing: Root cause performance issues in clusters and distributed platforms

Microservices are a popular architectural approach for cloud-native applications. But the idea of deconstructing a large service into smaller componets was originally conceived for clusters and distributed platforms—when applications were trying to increase compute performance and grow storage and network not available on a single host.

Once the boundry of a server was crossed, an application’s software components required interaction via inter-server “east-to-west” communications. As this concept developed and was applied to modern-day cloud services, building blocks such as JSON, RESTful API and Thrift were added to create what we now know as microservices.

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