A new aspect of data management is emerging for many organizations: the growth of microservices, an architectural method that structures applications as collections of loosely coupled services.

A large majority of companies (92 percent) said they increased their number of microservices in the last year, according to a report from research firm Dimensional Research. For the report, sponsored by application performance management vendor LightStep, Dimensional surveyed 353 development professionals worldwide in April 2018. The same percentage of respondents said they expect to increase their use of microservices in the coming year.

Agility (cited by 82 percent) and scalability (78 percent), were the top motivators for microservice adoption.

The use of microservices comes with a set of challenges, and many companies are experiencing these, according to the report. Nearly all that are using microservices (99 percent) report challenges in using them, and 87 percent of those in production report that microservices generate more application data. More than half (56 percent) said each additional microservice increases operational challenges.

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About three quarters (73 percent) said it is harder to troubleshoot application performance problems in a microservices environment compared with a traditional environment, and 74 percent plan to increase their microservice performance management investment next year.

“These findings underscore the need for a new class of performance management solutions specifically designed to address the scale and complexity of modern applications,” said Diane Hagglund, principal research at Dimensional Research and author of the report.

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