Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

A decentralized reference architecture for cloud native applications (sponsored by Ballerina)

11:00am11:40am Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Location: D137
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The number of microservices running in enterprises increases daily. As a result, service composition, governance, security, and observability are becoming a challenge to implement and incorporate. A cell-based architecture is an approach that can be applied to current or desired development and technologies to address these issues. This technology-neutral approach helps cloud native dev teams become more efficient, act in a more self-organized manner, and speed overall release times.

Asanka Abeysinghe offers an overview of the cell-based reference architecture, which is decentralized, API-centric, cloud native, and microservices friendly. He explains the role of APIs in the cell-based approach, as well as how real applications are built as cells. Asanka then explores the metrics and approaches that can be used to measure the effectiveness of the architecture and how organizations can implement the cell approach.

This session is sponsored by Ballerina.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • General knowledge of service-oriented architecture (SOA), microservice architecture (MSA), and cloud native architecture
  • A working knowledge of enterprise-level application architecture(s)

What you'll learn

  • Gain an introduction to cell-based reference architecture
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Asanka Abeysinghe


Asanka Abeysinghe’s goal is to connect humans and technology by helping organizations implement digital transformation programs that result in consumer-driven digital applications. He drives efforts to create, refine, and enhance WSO2’s corporate reference architecture and is responsible for spearheading a thought-leadership outlook that defines WSO2’s corporate reference methodology for development, customer success, and implementation. Working closely with customers, partners, and analysts, he evangelizes WSO2’s technology vision. Asanka has over 20 years of industry experience, which includes designing and implementing highly scalable distributed systems, SOA and microservice architectures in the financial domain, mobile platforms, and various business integration solutions. He is also a committer of the Apache Software Foundation. Asanka is a regular speaker at numerous events, including ApacheCon, QCon, O’Reilly, API Days, API Strategy, LinuxFoundation, Gartner, WSO2Con, and many tech meetups.

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Asanka Abeysinghe | Deputy CTO, VP of Architecture - CTO Office
07/15/2019 6:54am PDT

This session is based on the architecture paper I authored.