Why We Leverage Multi-Tenancy in Uber’s Microservice Architecture
Multi-tenancy lets Uber tag requests coming into our microservice architecture, giving us the flexibility to route requests to specific components, such as during testing scenarios. The performance of Uber’s services relies on our ability to quickly and stably launch new features on our platform, regardless of where the corresponding service lives in our tech stack. Foundational to our platform’s power is its microservice-based architecture, a commonly used structural style where applications consist of interoperating services.
Microservice architectures, which can support stable deployments and modularity, are well-known for being scalable. With diverse engineering teams at Uber working on interoperating services, it’s important to ensure that our stack can both safely roll out new changes and reliably reuse parts of the architecture in a modular way. Taken together, these functionalities allow for high developer velocity and quick release turnaround times, giving us the flexibility to build on independent schedules while still meeting service level agreements (SLAs).