Cell Architectures
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 9:15AM
Todd Hoff in Strategy

A consequence of Service Oriented Architectures is the burning need to provide services at scale. The architecture that has evolved to satisfy these requirements is a little known technique called the Cell Architecture.

A Cell Architecture is based on the idea that massive scale requires parallelization and parallelization requires components be isolated from each other. These islands of isolation are called cells. A cell is a self-contained installation that can satisfy all the operations for a shard. A shard is a subset of a much larger dataset, typically a range of users, for example. 

Cell Architectures have several advantages:

A number of startups make use of Cell Architectures:

The key to the cell is you are creating a scalable and robust MTBF friendly service. A service than can be used as a bedrock component in a system of other services coordinated by a programmable orchestration layer. It works just as well in a data center as in a cloud. If you are looking for a higher level organization pattern, the Cell Architecture is a solid choice.

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