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Anatomy of an alert

Gradually migrating to microservices while still running your business

Submitted by Ankit Solanki on Feb 14, 2017

Section: Full talk of 40 mins duration Technical level: Beginner Status: Cancelled


When we started out, ClearTax was a single monolithic application. We had a small team (3 people!) and it worked for us.

We now have multiple products, many internal services, a much larger team. This is the story of our gradual migration towards a microservices company: to to perform infrastructure surgery on a production platform while you’re growing your team and adding user-facing products at the same time.


  • Historical picture: what we started with and the evolution over time
  • Current status, and our platform roadmap going ahead
  • Why the transition took time, and is still happening in places
  • Managing complexity, building tooling for our common problems
  • Tradeoffs between features vs. infrastructure
  • Pain points and mistakes made, the lessons we have learned
  • Takeaways for people who are just starting out

Speaker bio

Ankit: CTO and Co-Founder of ClearTax (YC S2014).

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