Build Systems that Drive Business
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Too big to change: When even your microservices are monoliths

Astrid Atkinson (Google)
11:25am–12:05pm Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Systems Engineering & Architecture
Location: LL21 C/D Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics: Systems Architecture & Infrastructure
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Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic familiarity with cloud concepts and systems

What you'll learn

  • Explore a microservices-based approach to tackling legacy and heterogeneity


Functionally decoupled microservices allow organizations to scale rapidly and independently. But what happens when your microservices grow up, and everything works completely differently? More microservices! Astrid Atkinson shares a microservices-based approach to tackling legacy and heterogeneity at Google.

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Astrid Atkinson


Astrid Atkinson is director of software engineering at Google, where she leads development frameworks. During her 10+ years at Google, Astrid has built infrastructure and managed a variety of engineering teams and spent more than five years on call for She has led teams across the infrastructure map, from the team responsible for running and building Google’s web-serving layer to App Engine and cloud systems to core search.