Starting with its control panel, Azure Spring Cloud facilities the whole process of managing Spring Applications in an Azure microservices ecosystem. Everything is centralised and easy to handle for the owner. Specifically speaking, the Spring Cloud middleware comprehends the following components:
- Code, Build and Deploy lifecycle management
The user can integrate his own development process through the Pivotal build service and Azure Container register. He can manage and build the code through a given CI/CD system based on his own preferences, deploying the built artefacts directly with the containers or generating container images into the Azure container register.
Each Spring application configuration is externalised using Azure config server capabilities where the owner can set up all their parameters, such as server addresses, database connections and even different profiles to isolate environments like development, staging and production. To make changes to the configuration, they only need to carry out modifications through the git repository and then restart those applications related to the desired change.
- Service discovery
Spring applications can take advantage of a discovery service like Eureka to ensure awareness and guarantee connectivity between those applications.
- Gateway Service
ASC provides ingress resources to expose API towards the clients. These API gateway ensure security and reliability, sparing any further specific network configurations.
- Trace and Diagnostics
There are components available such as Azure Monitor, Azure Log Analytics, and Azure Insights, which play a central role as diagnostic tools. The customer can analyse logs to extract more details from runtime issues, analyse distributed application traces and monitor application performance to understand better the root causes of any bug and misbehaviour or where communication bottlenecks are.
All the features available have an essential role in facilitating day-to-day operations at all layers of responsibility.
? From a dev-ops standpoint:
Service discovery and component bindings are facilitated as there is an ecosystem to centralise all the managing operations in a single control panel.
? From the developer’s standpoint:
Easy development, app configuration, testing and deployment give your teams much time efficiency to delivery, from low-budget projects to more complex microservice ecosystems. No need to understand the detail of the infrastructure lying below the system. You only need to focus on developing applications. Even the application wiring and integration can be delegated to the cloud integration service due to Spring cloud’s service registry.
? From a support standpoint:
Logs are centralised, providing a powerful panel to query log entries for applications, databases, message brokers or other components. Trace and application mapping simplifies the understanding of the microservice architecture.
It is safe to say that Azure Spring Cloud brings several benefits to customers who want to optimise how they run their business.
Simplified infrastructure management:
- Run your Spring boot apps;
- Scalable global infrastructure;
- Reduce downtime and deployment risks.
Built-in lifecycle application management:
- Spring cloud components are available;
- Deploy source code or build artefacts;
- Automatically wire your app with Spring Cloud infrastructure.
Easily monitor apps:
- Easily monitor performance bottlenecks;
- Gain insight into app dependencies using Azure Monitor;
- Aggregate metrics.
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