Virto Commerce Microservices Architecture for eCommerce
Absolute flexibility in adding new functionality and connecting third party solutions. The best-in-breed approach allows the use of specific services tailored to specific business needs. A business selects the services it needs based on their value to the customer, not compatibility. The use of unique and highly specific services is a guarantee of competitive advantage.
The built-in scalability results in the high performance required for a perfect customer experience. One of the main benefits of microservice architecture is the ability to scale the front end and back end individually. Developers can extend services as needed without having to modify the entire platform.
Open to rapid change and alignment with your digital commerce strategy. The technical stack of microservices ensures fast implementation. Since microservices have a decentralized development process, it is easier for developers from different teams to collaborate to adjust the code base and bring new customer experience to market faster.
Low total cost of ownership compared to monolithic solutions. With the microservice approach, each microservice performs its own business function. Only add functionality to the system you will actually use, thus creating a more compact and efficient technology stack. When using a monolith ecommerce platform, the cost of the system may include functions that are not required by the business.
Monolith Platforms vs. Microservices
Different architecture models fit different kinds of companies. Genuine microservices architecture with a very high granularity suits companies that need to have hundreds of developers work on the same software. Microservices allow responsibility zones to be split between a huge number of small teams, yet involve additional operational overheads. Monolith might be comfortable for small custom projects where only one team changes the product. The space between these two edges includes many variations with different modules granularity.
Virto Commerce has a flexible modular architecture that allows developers to select the required granularity. Each module can work with its own database or be responsible for a very small functional chunk, making it possible to extend the platform in a microservice way. The out-of-the-box platform contains subsystems and functional modules that are closer to a service-oriented architecture and can use the same database or a dedicated one. Some partners who deliver a platform to mid-sized companies prefer to work according to a monolith approach, simply because it is more comfortable for them.