Category Archives: Microservices

Nginx gzip compression and load balancing.

To tune performance of my REST endpoints in past I have enabled Gzip compression in my nginx server configuration. So technically a large json response becomes gzipped and the network latency as a result goes down.

There is a good documentation of this feature on the nginx website which does a pretty good job.

However there is a catch which prevents this technique from working on local development system (while the same config works in production linux instance). I finally found an answer as to why this doesn’t work in some of my local environment.

To do static load balancing I use the upstream concept of nginx which is documented again on the nginx website. The performance is reasonable and the implementation is quite simple for a requirement which needs a simple failover implementation. However for advanced implementation we can always go to haproxy which is very good open source load balancer.

Bye Bye Hystrix

Hystrix used to be my tool of choice for implementing circuit breakers in my Spring Boot application. However there has been literally no commits in Hystrix github repo for past 1 year. It seems Netflix has moved on to resilience4j which will be actively maintained.

Resilience4j commit log is quite active and a lot of active work is going on in it.

However it should be noted that there is another mature library named Sentinel which seems to be quite feature rich and very well supported. It has been battle tested by Alibaba which is huge. In my next project I would be considering both Sentinel and Resilience4J in my choice for a reliable circuit breaker for my application.