Part 0.1 - 1000 foot overview
What is this
From last post, I discovered you get no time what so ever to do anything when you move interstate. I also mentioned a PHP review site I have, which I crafted in a “pair-programming” group at uni.
I’m going to do a technical migration from this “legacy” PHP/MySQL 2-tier design into a microservices/serverless/react architecture.
Given my role, I talk to customers nearly daily about a form of app modernization in multiple flavours. While I’ve gone through this excercise professionally in a particular manner previously, I’m interested in taking those lessons learned in combination with “best practice” to actually do this start-to-finish in a practical manner, on a running site.
Let’s put those best practice to the test; is what the largest cloud providers recommend or documented way to achieve things? Is there a cookie-cutter approach any organization can take when undertaking these more cutting-edge modernization tasks? Or can we develop a rough guide which gives an organization confidence, perhaps exposing the unknown, when facing this type of situation?
How will this be achieved?
I’m going to do this “by the book” -> which means I’m going to plan this from a architecture standpoint, documenting requirements etc, current state, issues, constraints etc. and make a plan to ‘innovate’ (rewrite) from scratch, while keeping the site running. Given the site isn’t actually running (fully), I’ve a bit to do before our fake company/review site is ready to go.
In rough order:
- ‘Containerize’ stock PHP/MySQL site as-is
- Deploy into an existing kubernetes cluster
- Publish externally, with domain, proxied via cloudflare etc.
(By this point, the site will be live serving traffic)
- Implement some new features:
- Localization support
- OIDC/OAuth2 via Azure B2C
- Lets Encrypt (Ideally, or SSL of some form for CDN services later on)
- As above, create a ‘SoW’ to migrate platform to a microservices/serverless architecture where possible. This excludes the front-end, as that’s a huge piece of (learning) work which will take some time
- Azure storage for site content (table/blob), static content, accessed via Azure CDN where it makes sense
- Azure functions and logic apps for microservices
- APIs and services exposed via Azure API-Management
- Production front-end accessed via Azure Front Door CDN
- Lastly, rewrite the front-end in react and host on static Azure storage for 0 cost
Looks like this:
Which is great and all but we can do something better. We will move to something like this:
Next up: Site overview and strategies to containerize your web application with our review site.