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Containers vs. VMs: Which one makes the most sense for microservices?

Containers and virtual machines both have their pros and cons, but which one makes the most sense when it comes to microservices? Here we look at three key comparison points.

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  • open API (public API)

    An open API, also known as a public API, is an application programming interface that allows the owner of a network-accessible service to give universal access to consumers of that service, such as developers.

  • application program interface (API)

    An application program interface (API) is code that allows two software programs to communicate with each other.

  • BSA | The Software Alliance

    BSA | The Software Alliance is an advocate for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy. BSA’s policy team works with governments and public stakeholders across the globe to support the global software industry on issues including data privacy and security, intellectual property and trade.

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App portability/interoperability

Recent advancements with automation, containerized code, distributed computing and DevOps have enabled software teams to achieve new heights in developing lightweight, portable apps that are dynamic, responsive, flexible and scalable. Find content here about maintaining app portability and interoperability through proper integration, migration and more.

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  • open API (public API)

    An open API, also known as a public API, is an application programming interface that allows the owner of a network-accessible service to give universal access to consumers of that service, such as developers.

  • application program interface (API)

    An application program interface (API) is code that allows two software programs to communicate with each other.

  • enterprise service bus (ESB)

    An enterprise service bus (ESB) is a middleware tool used to distribute work among connected components of an application.

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BPM and microservices

The combination of BPM and microservices offers a new world of opportunity for organizations looking to digitalize their critical business processes. This section reviews the tools, techniques and technologies that are driving the ability of microservices to truly support BPM needs and explores how organizations can manage this relationship properly.

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  • WebSocket

    WebSocket is a communications protocol for a persistent, bi-directional, full duplex TCP connection from a user’s web browser to a server.

  • PTC ThingWorx

    PTC ThingWorx is a model-based rapid application development (RAD) platform for the Internet of Things. The platform provides design, networking, data management and analytics tools for building business software that integrates with and manages IoT devices.

  • colocation (colo)

    A colocation (colo) is a data center facility in which a business can rent space for servers and other computing hardware. Typically, a colo provides the building, cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security while the customer provides servers and storage.

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Microservices and development

As microservices continue to take a larger role in the operation of today's organizations, what does this mean for developers? Find content from our experts that looks at the development implications of microservices architecture, including the techniques, tools and guidelines they may need to rely on.

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  • Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE)

    The Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) is a collection of Java APIs owned by Oracle that software developers can use to write server-side applications. It was formerly known as Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition, or J2EE.

  • BSA | The Software Alliance

    BSA | The Software Alliance is an advocate for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy. BSA’s policy team works with governments and public stakeholders across the globe to support the global software industry on issues including data privacy and security, intellectual property and trade.

  • microservices

    Microservices are a form of application development where the app is built as a set of services, automating processes at a more rapid pace than monolithic application.

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Digital transformation and app modernization

Technology changes rapidly. In order to stay competitive, organizations need to make sure they are on top of their digital transformation and application modernization processes. Here, our experts break down the ins and outs of these processes and examine the tools and strategies that will help push your transformation in the right direction and keep apps up to date.

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  • mobile deep linking

    Mobile deep linking makes it easier for people to access resources on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices because it decreases the number of actions they have to take to get to their target destination.

  • mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)

    A mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is a services provider in the mobile device industry that provides wireless communications services including voice and data to customers over a wireless network infrastructure owned by a third-party mobile network operator (MNO).

  • mobile application development platform

    A mobile application development platform (MADP) is software that allows for the building and testing of computer programs for smartphones and tablets.

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Managing architectures

No matter where you are on your journey to microservices or SOA, management should be a constant focus. This includes holistic governance, orchestration processes, proper management of APIs and more. This section provides news, tips, case studies and other content that look at how organizations should think about managing microservices architectures and SOA.

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  • application program interface (API)

    An application program interface (API) is code that allows two software programs to communicate with each other.

  • microservices

    Microservices are a form of application development where the app is built as a set of services, automating processes at a more rapid pace than monolithic application.

  • Java

    Java is a widely used programming language expressly designed for use in the distributed environment of the internet.

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