Northern Virginia Software Symposium

November 9 - 11, 2018

Microservices Caching Strategies

Saturday - Nov 10 11:00 AM - MEETING ROOM 9/10

Mark Richards

Mark Richards

Independent Software Architect, Author of Software Architecture Fundamentals

Have you ever wondered how to do data synchronization between cloud-based services and on-prem databases? Have you ever wondered how to share a single database schema between hundreds (or even thousands) of microservices? Have you ever wondered how to significantly increase the performance of microservices? Have you ever wondered how to version relational database changes when sharing data in a microservices environment? If any of these questions intrigue you, then you should come to this session. In this session I will describe and demonstrate various caching strategies and patterns that you can use in Microservices to significantly increase performance, manage common data in a highly distributed architecture, and even manage data synchronization from cloud-based microservices. I'll describe the differences between a distributed and replicated cache, Using live coding and demos using Hazelcast, I'll demonstrate how to do space-based microservices, leveraging caching to its fullest extent.


  • Introduction
  • Distributed vs. Replicated Caching
  • Space-Based Architecture Basics
  • Space-Based Microservices and Caching
  • Custom Caching Patterns

About Mark Richards

Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems. He has been in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the founder of, a website devoted to helping developers in the journey to software architect. He is the author of numerous technical books and videos, including several books on Microservices (O'Reilly), the Software Architecture Fundamentals video series (O’Reilly), Enterprise Messaging video series (O’Reilly), Java Message Service, 2nd Edition (O’Reilly), and a contributing author to 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know (O’Reilly). Mark has a master’s degree in computer science and numerous architect and developer certifications from IBM, Sun, The Open Group, and Oracle. He is a regular conference speaker at the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Symposium Series and has spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics.