The internet is an incredible platform. Through the web, it is possible to purchase items, instantly communicate with friends, check the weather, and play games. Even more amazing is how seamless most web applications make the user experience. When you look up something online, add it to my cart, login to my account and purchase it all you see is a complete process. You would never suspect that there are multiple different processes that make this interaction possible.
When you look behind the scenes, these interactions are more complex and rely on a variety of web services to provide these smooth user experience. These web services can be from outside sources like weather data or payment gateways, or they can be in-house operations like getting account information or product pricing. The majority of web applications you use will rely on third-party web services, and throughout the years the infrastructure of web services has evolved to accommodate this.
The web services infrastructure has gone through some massive infrastructure changes over the past few years. Originally, a web service was composed of a large block of code that tangled together all of the services in one disorganized package. This meant that the services were inextricably intertwined and often difficult to access individually. This made development much more difficult.
Now, web services are transitioning to a more modular approach, where multiple modular services, deemed microservices, are packaged together, but can also operate in a standalone manner. This model focuses on making these microservices as accessible as possible to outside developers.
The issue that these microservices face is that it is difficult to get payments for these services without forcing the developers to make accounts and submit information. To do this, a payment gateway is required, and often a subscription-based operation is used. Forcing developers to make accounts and submit payment information presents an issue with the developers of these microservices because of the security concerns and the fees that these payment gateways create.
The interaction between microservices lends itself to decentralization, where multiple microservices can be offered from different locations and even chained together to provide unique and novel services. More importantly, through decentralization microservices can be easily and efficiently added to a workflow without having to make accounts and submitting payment information.
This would be a game changer for onboarding customers and it would eliminate many barriers to entry for microservice offerings. Instead of needing a payment gateway to offer the service, all that is needed is an OPEN token wallet.
The OPEN platform is working on bringing this microservice infrastructure into the future through decentralization. Using OPEN it is possible to chain together multiple services to manipulate data, broadcast data, and much more. This kind of decentralization would allow for easier use of application services without making accounts, as well as providing a way to chain together multiple services together in an easy way.
The OPEN platform provides developers with profound advantages on both sides of the equation. Not only can they combine multiple functionalities into one seamless user experience, but also those who provide these microservices can easily monetize their efforts without the need for complex administrative processes. Truly the future of microservices in is decentralization.