GOTO 2016 – From Monolith to Microservices at Zalando

Rodrigue Schaefer at GOTO 2016 on the challenges of our transition from monolith to microservices.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Our Head of Engineering, Rodrigue Schaefer, attended GOTO 2016 in Stockholm in May, and discussed some of the challenges of Zalando's transition from monolith to microservices.

His presentation shows how our engineering team has tackled the move through a combination of organizational decisions and the development of new tools.

This includes our open-source PaaS framework STUPS, which was built in-house to enable multiple teams to use the full power of AWS without scarifying vital aspects like security, traceability and architectural standards. Alongside this, Docker has played a key role in this architectural transformation to ensure an easy and robust deployment process.

Rodrigue also discusses how Zalando engineers are taking a microservices approach to frontend as well as backend, where tools like Hystrix and various resilience libraries help to manage our growing microservices ecosystem.

Finally, he wraps it all up by explaining how microservices plays its part in Radical Agility to achieve a culture of autonomy, mastery and purpose. Watch and learn!