Microservices breakdown your application architecture into smaller, independent components that communicate through APIs.This approach lets multiple team members work on different parts of the architecture simultaneously for faster development. It’s a scalable, flexible, resilient way to build modern applications. .


Microservices and hybrid cloud: A perfect union

The joining of microservices and hybrid cloud architecture has come to define cutting-edge software design and deployment.Individual microservices fulfill a specific function to contribute to the larger application system.

Combining this approach with a hybrid cloud, which blends the advantages of public and private clouds:

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Enhances your application’s flexibility


Boosts efficiency, and


Scales with your business needs

Advantages of Microservices for Hybrid Cloud

You can develop, deploy, and scale each microservice independently. Together, these microservices act like gears in a well-oiled machine. They enable the hybrid cloud to adapt to fluctuating workloads and usage patterns.



Decentralization in the hybrid cloud spreads microservices across various architectures and locations. This flexible approach enables you to scale where needed to meet growing demand.

Red Hat OpenShift helps orchestrate decentralized services, providing consistency across the hybrid cloud landscape. It’s available in self-managed and fully managed versions for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure and self-managed for Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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Functional decomposition

Functional decomposition

When you split your complex application into smaller, function-based components, called microservices, you can host them in various locations. It becomes easier to allocate resources to optimize costs.

Red Hat OpenShift’s robust container orchestration capabilities help automatically configure, manage, and coordinate the system. Red Hat Runtimes is a handy toolbox filled with frameworks, languages, and runtimes to build, deploy, and scale applications more efficiently.

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Disaster recovery

Disaster recovery

When microservices and hybrid clouds join forces,  they help support disaster recovery. Their geographically diverse infrastructure and independent services build resilience against system failures.

Red Hat Virtualization helps support all aspects of disaster recovery and can be set up for active-active and active-passive recovery types. Red Hat Openshift has options for backup and restoring an entire application to ensure coverage regardless of the disaster.

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Business continuity

Business continuity

Microservices in a hybrid cloud aid business continuity by separating components and locating them across various geographical places. If a problem occurs in one location or affects one component, it won’t take down the entire system.

Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces offers in-cluster development environments and an IDE directly integrated with OpenShift. This setup enables cloud-native development and testing right on the OpenShift cluster, ensuring microservices are ready to deploy to cloud services.

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High Availability

High availability

Microservices enable developers to update one component without affecting others. The system remains available and stable when there’s an issue.

Red Hat OpenShift GitOps leverages ArgoCD’s capabilities to deploy applications consistently across varied environments. Git repositories are the source of truth for declarative infrastructure and applications, enabling a smoother journey from development to deployment.

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The modular design of microservices fosters agility. Developers can update or add new features without disrupting the entire system. Microservices also enable continuous delivery and deployment, enhancing software development speed and efficiency.

Red Hat Runtimes offers frameworks, languages, and runtimes to make building, deploying, and scaling microservices more straightforward and efficient.

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Key microservices concepts for hybrid cloud

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Service mesh

Service Mesh facilitates communication among microservices. This layer offers load balancing, service discovery, traffic management, and encryption to enhance the infrastructure’s operational efficiency and security.

Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh integrates seamlessly with the hybrid cloud architecture to manage service interactions securely and effectively. Also, Red Hat Service Interconnect lets microservices on one cluster securely call services on others.

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Traffic management

Traffic management tools ensure an orderly data flow, balancing loads and maintaining high availability across the infrastructure. It includes intelligently routing requests and effectively managing traffic peaks.

Red Hat OpenShift dictates specific data routing rules and enforces policies for retries, failovers, and fault injection for increased reliability and stability. 

Red Hat 3scale manages APIs, including monetizable service access and controls.

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Service discovery

Service discovery maps all microservice instances and their locations in the network. It enables seamless communication among microservices in a hybrid cloud architecture.

Red Hat OpenShift offers out-of-the-box service discovery, freeing DevOps from manually locating and configuring services. It streamlines microservices management, enhancing productivity and overall project velocity. 

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Containers are self-contained packages, each carrying a microservice along with its necessary dependencies.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform offers a foundation to build and scale containerized applications.

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Container orchestration oversees managing, deploying, and scaling all your microservices across your infrastructure.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform enables DevOps to view and manage clusters across any cloud platform.

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API gateways

API gateways are traffic controllers for requests that enter the microservices architecture. They help direct the data flow, ensuring each request finds the right path to its destined microservice.

Red Hat 3scale API Management helps set up and manage APIs.

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Event streaming

Event streaming allows real-time information exchange between microservices.

The Red Hat AMQ event streaming platform enables microservices and other components to securely exchange data with high throughput and low latency.

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Auto-scaling adjusts resources automatically in response to application load, ensuring optimal performance without wasting resources.

DevOps can use Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to scale applications automatically.

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Fault isolation

Fault isolation confines problems to a single service, preventing an issue’s ripple effect and protecting the broader system.

When developers build applications using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the containers help isolate any fault in one area.

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Design principles and best practices for microservices in hybrid cloud

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Independence is a core tenet of microservices. Deploying, updating, and restarting individual services in isolation makes them self-sufficient. This concept fundamentally redefines team workflows, accelerating the pace of the product development cycle.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform helps developers build independent components within a container.

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Fault Tolerance

Fault tolerance

Fault tolerance, the idea that a system should remain functional, even during individual service failure, is crucial for maintaining an uninterrupted user experience in the interconnected web of services.

Developers can effortlessly configure Red Hat AMQ to connect to another broker if one fails. Also, containerizing applications using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform enhances fault tolerance.

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Continuous integration, delivery, and deployment (CI/CD) help developers integrate their code changes and deliver them swiftly to the production environment, minimizing the risk of integration challenges and enabling rapid troubleshooting.

Organizations can use Red Hat OpenShift to build CI/CD pipelines. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform then helps automatically deploy and scale software.

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API First


The API-first design philosophy ensures a robust groundwork for service interaction and streamlines later development stages.

Organizations can use Red Hat 3scale API Management to configure and manage all the APIs they need to run their microservices.

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Security measures safeguard microservices and the broader system from potential threats.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform includes OpenShift Container Registry to help developers build applications using pre-approved, secure images. 

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