Erwin de Gier - Speaking Geek

Whitepaper: Microservices with Vert.x

In this whitepaper we discuss the specific advantages of Vert.x and present an overview of the different functionalities of the framework.

Changes in software development

According to Gartner (, the amount of devices connected to the internet in 2016 will be about 6.4 billion. Users of these devices expect real-time information everywhere and anytime. This amounts to an annual IP traffic of over 1 zettabyte (1 billion terabyte). Handling huge amounts of (near) real-time data puts high demands on applications and their underlying architecture. To fulfill these demands, we need systems that are Responsive, Resilient, Elastic and Message driven. The reactive Manifesto ( calls these kind of applications Reactive Systems. These systems are message driven, work by reacting to events and are usually realized as a microservice architecture. A combination of these concepts makes them scalable and responsive. In this paper we will introduce the Vert.x toolkit as a solution for building applications that meet these changing demands by implementing the Reactive Systems approach.


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