Micro Frontends Kubernetes

4 Way Micro Frontends Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Kubernetes Infrastructure

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Entando

Over the past number of years, containerization has helped enterprises vastly improve their deployments in order to achieve continuous integration and continuous delivery, allowing enterprises to operate efficiently in private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. 

The benefits of this modular approach can also be expanded to include UX development. By building applications with micro frontends and microservices, enterprises can extend modularity to every level of their development and deployment process. 

Here are 4 ways a micro frontend architecture can help you get the most out of your Kubernetes infrastructure.

1. Greater ability to focus on business needs

When you develop in micro frontends, you’re able to structure your teams around specific business needs, rather than around different areas of technology expertise at different levels of the stack. So instead of focusing on each layer of the stack in isolation as an end unto itself, your entire organization can begin to think in terms of serving the business needs. 

When you develop apps as large monoliths, it can be easy to lose your ability to see the forest for the trees. Developing in micro frontends that are built on top of microservices and deployed in containers on Kubernetes allows each business need within your larger application to have a team focused on it with clear and measurable goals.

2. End-to-end feature isolation and control

Another way that micro frontends help you make the most of your Kubernetes infrastructure is in their ability to grant end-to-end feature control to the individual teams managing them. From development to deployment, your teams are able to operate separately from one another. 

It can be painful when a necessary business update needs to be held off until the entire application is updated, and it frustrates your users and team members alike. This is a problem that microservice and micro frontends were introduced to solve.

3. Smarter scaling

When you develop in micro frontends and microservices and deploy them in linux containers, you are able to scale up the different parts of your site that are experiencing peak traffic, rather than needing to scale your entire app. This kind of efficiency enables you to utilize your infrastructure resources more economically.

Additionally, this type of infrastructure makes your team structure more scalable. You can spin up new teams for new feature functionality, or for an aspect of your user experience that you are seeking to decouple from the base app. This kind of ability to more effectively scale your applications and your teams will go a long way toward keeping your enterprise agile as you continue to grow.

4. More resilient applications

By developing apps with micro frontends, you’re able to create applications that are more resilient. And that’s because building modularity into every layer of the application allows you to isolate a failure to one part of your application.

If a particular feature experiences issues, it won’t take down your entire app or site, and you can even put another appropriate micro frontend in its place until the other is back up and running. In this case, the failure might not even be immediately noticeable to the user and won’t interfere with their overall experience. 

Build Kubernetes-native apps with micro frontends on Entando.

When release cycles take months instead of weeks, your business is left unable to deliver modern online experiences. Development and deployment bottlenecks slow your ability to make application updates, keeping you from iterating and innovating. And outdated or clunky UX keeps you from winning customers over and retaining them.

So that’s why we created a platform to help you get your ideas to market faster.

Entando is the leading micro frontend platform for building enterprise web apps on Kubernetes. We want to change the way enterprises think about building their apps, sites, and portals in order to innovate more quickly.

With Entando, you can:

  • Leverage customized blueprints using the Entando Component Generator (built on JHipster) to quickly create micro frontends and assemble them into an app.
  • Reuse UI/UX components across multiple projects via the Entando Component Repository, saving money and increasing development speed. 
  • Scale apps quickly and effectively with Entando’s custom Kubernetes operator, automating the deployment of high availability, self-healing applications. 
  • Centrally manage user roles with Entando Identity Management (built on Keycloak).

Entando is open source with available enterprise support and services. Begin developing on the platform today, and get a quote to see how our team can help your enterprise build better apps, sites, and portals--faster.

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