Continuous Architecting with Microservices and DevOps: A Systematic Mapping Study

  • Davide TaibiEmail author
  • Valentina LenarduzziEmail author
  • Claus PahlEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1073)


Context: Several companies are migrating their information systems into the Cloud. Microservices and DevOps are two of the most common adopted technologies. However, there is still a lack of understanding how to adopt a microservice-based architectural style and which tools and technique to use in a continuous architecting pipeline.

Objective: We aim at characterizing the different microservice architectural style principles and patterns in order to map existing tools and techniques adopted in the context of DevOps.

Methodology: We conducted a Systematic Mapping Study identifying the goal and the research questions, the bibliographic sources, the search strings, and the selection criteria to retrieve the most relevant papers.

Results: We identified several agreed microservice architectural principles and patterns widely adopted and reported in 23 case studies, together with a summary of the advantages, disadvantages, and lessons learned for each pattern from the case studies. Finally, we mapped the existing microservices-specific techniques in order to understand how to continuously deliver value in a DevOps pipeline. We depicted the current research, reporting gaps and trends.

Conclusion: Different patterns emerge for different migration, orchestration, storage and deployment settings. The results also show the lack of empirical work on microservices-specific techniques, especially for the release phase in DevOps.


Cloud-native Microservice DevOps Migration Orchestration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tampere UniversityTampereFinland
  2. 2.Free University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly

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