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    Spring Cloud and Kubernetes both complement each other to build a cloud native platform and run microservices on the Kubernetes containers. Kubernetes provides many features which are similar to Spring Cloud and Spring Config Server features.

    Spring framework has been around for many years. Even today, many organizations prefer to go with Spring libraries because it provides many features. It's a great deal when developers have total control over cloud configuration along with business logic source code.

    Let’s discuss a couple of challenges of cloud configuration code with Spring Cloud and Spring Config Server for microservices architecture:

    • Tight coupling of business logic and configuration source code: Spring configuration provides tight coupling with business logic code, which makes the code-heavy and also makes it difficult to debug production issues. It slows down releases for new business features due to the tight integration of business logic with cross-cutting configuration source code.
    • Extra coding and testing effort: For new feature releases one extra testing effort is required to test new features mainly during integration, regression, and load testing. We need to test the entire code with cross-cutting configurations even for minor code changes in the business logic.
    • Slow build and deployment: It takes extra time to load, deploy, and run heavy code because of the strong bonding of configuration and business logic. It consumes extra CPU and RAM for all business-specific API calls.
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    Spring doesn’t provide these important features:

    • Continuous Integration (CI): It doesn’t address any CI-related concerns. It only handles the build microservices part.
    • Self-healing of infrastructure: It doesn’t care about self-healing and restarting apps for any crashes. It provides health check APIs and observability features using actuator/micrometer support with Prometheus.
    • Dependency on Java framework: It only supports Java programming language.
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    Kubernetes alternatives of Spring Cloud

    Here are few better alternatives of Kubernetes for Spring libraries:

    Spring Cloud Kubernetes
    Service discovery Netflix Eureka. Not recommended to use for cloud native modern applications. K8s provides Cluster API, a service that exposes microservices across all namespaces since "kube-dns" allows lookup. It also provides integration with ingress controller and K8s ingress resources to intelligently route incoming traffic to designated service.
    Load balancing Netflix Ribbon provides client-side load balancing on HTTP/TCP requests. K8s provides load balancer services. It's the responsibility of K8s service to load balance.
    Configuration management Spring Config Server externalizes configuration management through code configuration. K8s provides ConfigMap and secret to externalize configuration at the infra side natively which is maintained by DevOps team.
    API Gateway Spring Cloud Gateway and Zuul2 provide all API gateway features like request routing, caching, authentication, authorization, API level load balancing, rate limiting, circuit breaker, and so on. K8s services and ingress resources fulfill partial API gateway features like routing and load balancing. K8s supports service mesh architecture implementation tools like Istio, which provides most of the API gateway related features like service discovery, API tracing. It’s not a replacement for the external API gateway.
    Resilience and fault tolerance Resilence4j, Spring Retry projects provide resiliency and fault tolerance mechanisms. They provide circuit breaker, timeout and retry features. K8s provides same features with health checks, resource isolation and service mesh.
    Scaling and self-healing Spring Boot Admin supports scaling and self-healing of applications. It’s used for managing and monitoring Spring Boot applications. Each application is considered as a client and registers to the admin server. Spring Boot Actuator endpoints help to monitor the environment. K8s provides out-of-the-box auto scaling, self-healing by checking health check APIs. It spawns new containers automatically and deploys microservices apps in case of app issues or adds more containers automatically when traffic loads increase during peak.
    Batch jobs Spring Batch, Spring Cloud Task, Spring Cloud Data Flow (SCDF) have capabilities to schedule/on-demand and run batch jobs. Spring tasks can run short living jobs. A short-lived task could be a Java process, a shell script. K8s also provides scheduled Cron job features. It executes batch jobs and provides limited scheduling features. It also works together with Spring Batch.

    Important Note: Starting from the Spring Cloud Greenwich release Train, Netflix OSS, Hystrix, Ribbon, and Zuul are entering into maintenance mode and are now deprecated. This means that there won't be any new features added to these modules, and the Spring Cloud team will only fix bugs and security issues. The maintenance mode does not include the Eureka module. Spring provides regular releases and patches for its libraries; however, Netflix OSS is almost not active and is not being used by organizations.

    Conclusion

    Spring provides tons of features and has had a proven Java-based framework for many years! Kubernetes provides complimentary features which are comparable with Spring features and can be replaced to extract configuration code from the business logic. Cloud-native microservices' service architecture (MSA) and 12/15 factor principles recommend keeping cross-cutting configuration code outside of the business logic code. Configuration should be stored and managed separately. In MSA, the same configuration can be shared across many microservices, that's why configuration should be stored externally and be available for all microservices applications. Also, these configurations should be managed by DevOps teams.

    This helps developers to focus only on business logic programming. It will definitely make release faster with lower development costs. Also, building and deployment will be faster for microservices apps. Kubernetes provides better alternatives to replace these legacy Spring libraries features, many of them are deprecated or in the maintenance phase. Kubernetes also provides service mesh support.

    These Kubernetes alternatives are really helpful for microservices applications and complimentary to the Spring Java framework for microservices development

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    Kubernetes alternatives to Spring Java framework

    Kubernetes alternatives to Spring Java framework
    Oct 4, 2022
    Last Updated:
    Oct 4, 2022

    Spring Cloud and Kubernetes both complement each other to build a cloud native platform and run microservices on the Kubernetes containers. Kubernetes provides many features which are similar to Spring Cloud and Spring Config Server features.

    Spring framework has been around for many years. Even today, many organizations prefer to go with Spring libraries because it provides many features. It's a great deal when developers have total control over cloud configuration along with business logic source code.

    Let’s discuss a couple of challenges of cloud configuration code with Spring Cloud and Spring Config Server for microservices architecture:

    • Tight coupling of business logic and configuration source code: Spring configuration provides tight coupling with business logic code, which makes the code-heavy and also makes it difficult to debug production issues. It slows down releases for new business features due to the tight integration of business logic with cross-cutting configuration source code.
    • Extra coding and testing effort: For new feature releases one extra testing effort is required to test new features mainly during integration, regression, and load testing. We need to test the entire code with cross-cutting configurations even for minor code changes in the business logic.
    • Slow build and deployment: It takes extra time to load, deploy, and run heavy code because of the strong bonding of configuration and business logic. It consumes extra CPU and RAM for all business-specific API calls.
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    Try for free

    Spring doesn’t provide these important features:

    • Continuous Integration (CI): It doesn’t address any CI-related concerns. It only handles the build microservices part.
    • Self-healing of infrastructure: It doesn’t care about self-healing and restarting apps for any crashes. It provides health check APIs and observability features using actuator/micrometer support with Prometheus.
    • Dependency on Java framework: It only supports Java programming language.
    Integrated Reliability Automation Platform
    Platform
    PagerDuty
    FireHydrant
    Squadcast
    Incident Retrospectives
    APM, Monitoring, ITSM,Ticketing Integrations
    Incident
    Notes
    On Call Rotations
    Built-In Public and Private Status Page
    Advanced Error Budget Tracking
    Try For free
    Platform
    Incident Retrospectives
    APM, Monitoring, ITSM,Ticketing Integrations
    Incident
    Notes
    On Call Rotations
    Built-In Public and Private Status Page
    Advanced Error Budget Tracking
    PagerDuty
    FireHydrant
    Squadcast
    Try For free

    Kubernetes alternatives of Spring Cloud

    Here are few better alternatives of Kubernetes for Spring libraries:

    Spring Cloud Kubernetes
    Service discovery Netflix Eureka. Not recommended to use for cloud native modern applications. K8s provides Cluster API, a service that exposes microservices across all namespaces since "kube-dns" allows lookup. It also provides integration with ingress controller and K8s ingress resources to intelligently route incoming traffic to designated service.
    Load balancing Netflix Ribbon provides client-side load balancing on HTTP/TCP requests. K8s provides load balancer services. It's the responsibility of K8s service to load balance.
    Configuration management Spring Config Server externalizes configuration management through code configuration. K8s provides ConfigMap and secret to externalize configuration at the infra side natively which is maintained by DevOps team.
    API Gateway Spring Cloud Gateway and Zuul2 provide all API gateway features like request routing, caching, authentication, authorization, API level load balancing, rate limiting, circuit breaker, and so on. K8s services and ingress resources fulfill partial API gateway features like routing and load balancing. K8s supports service mesh architecture implementation tools like Istio, which provides most of the API gateway related features like service discovery, API tracing. It’s not a replacement for the external API gateway.
    Resilience and fault tolerance Resilence4j, Spring Retry projects provide resiliency and fault tolerance mechanisms. They provide circuit breaker, timeout and retry features. K8s provides same features with health checks, resource isolation and service mesh.
    Scaling and self-healing Spring Boot Admin supports scaling and self-healing of applications. It’s used for managing and monitoring Spring Boot applications. Each application is considered as a client and registers to the admin server. Spring Boot Actuator endpoints help to monitor the environment. K8s provides out-of-the-box auto scaling, self-healing by checking health check APIs. It spawns new containers automatically and deploys microservices apps in case of app issues or adds more containers automatically when traffic loads increase during peak.
    Batch jobs Spring Batch, Spring Cloud Task, Spring Cloud Data Flow (SCDF) have capabilities to schedule/on-demand and run batch jobs. Spring tasks can run short living jobs. A short-lived task could be a Java process, a shell script. K8s also provides scheduled Cron job features. It executes batch jobs and provides limited scheduling features. It also works together with Spring Batch.

    Important Note: Starting from the Spring Cloud Greenwich release Train, Netflix OSS, Hystrix, Ribbon, and Zuul are entering into maintenance mode and are now deprecated. This means that there won't be any new features added to these modules, and the Spring Cloud team will only fix bugs and security issues. The maintenance mode does not include the Eureka module. Spring provides regular releases and patches for its libraries; however, Netflix OSS is almost not active and is not being used by organizations.

    Conclusion

    Spring provides tons of features and has had a proven Java-based framework for many years! Kubernetes provides complimentary features which are comparable with Spring features and can be replaced to extract configuration code from the business logic. Cloud-native microservices' service architecture (MSA) and 12/15 factor principles recommend keeping cross-cutting configuration code outside of the business logic code. Configuration should be stored and managed separately. In MSA, the same configuration can be shared across many microservices, that's why configuration should be stored externally and be available for all microservices applications. Also, these configurations should be managed by DevOps teams.

    This helps developers to focus only on business logic programming. It will definitely make release faster with lower development costs. Also, building and deployment will be faster for microservices apps. Kubernetes provides better alternatives to replace these legacy Spring libraries features, many of them are deprecated or in the maintenance phase. Kubernetes also provides service mesh support.

    These Kubernetes alternatives are really helpful for microservices applications and complimentary to the Spring Java framework for microservices development

    Squadcast is an incident management tool that’s purpose-built for SRE. Get rid of unwanted alerts, receive relevant notifications and integrate with popular ChatOps tools. Work in collaboration using virtual incident war rooms and use automation to eliminate toil.

    squadcast
    What you should do now
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    What you should do now?
    Here are 3 ways you can continue your journey to learn more about Unified Incident Management
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    Share the article
    Share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or LinkedIn.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    See Redis' Journey to Efficient Incident Management through alert noise reduction With Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare Squadcast & PagerDuty / Opsgenie
    Compare and see if Squadcast is the right fit for your needs.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
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