About Microservices, Containers and their Underestimated Impact on Network Performance

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Abstract: Microservices are used to build complex applications composed of small, independent and highly decoupled processes. Recently, microservices are often mentioned in one breath with container technologies like Docker. That is why operating system virtualization experiences a renaissance in cloud computing. These approaches shall provide horizontally scalable, easily deployable systems and a high-performance alternative to hypervisors. Nevertheless, performance impacts of containers on top of hypervisors are hardly investigated. Furthermore, microservice frameworks often come along with software defined networks. This contribution presents benchmark results to quantify the impacts of container, software defined networking and encryption on network performance. Even containers, although postulated to be lightweight, show a noteworthy impact to network performance. These impacts can be minimized on several system layers. Some design recommendations for cloud deployed systems following the microservice architecture pattern are derived.

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Title: About Microservices, Containers and their Underestimated Impact on Network Performance
In book: Proceedings of CLOUD COMPUTING 2015 (6th. International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDS and Virtualization)
Pages: 165-169
Publication year: 2015

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Kra2015b,
  author = {Kratzke, Nane},
  researchgate = {https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273456042},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of CLOUD COMPUTING 2015 (6th. International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDS and Virtualization)},
  title = {About Microservices, Containers and their Underestimated Impact on Network Performance},
  year = {2015},
  pages = {165-169},
  project = {CloudTRANSIT}
}