In previous articles, we talked about some features of Spring Boot that are very useful in the development phase of our system: we described simplified dependency management and API development, for instance. In this article, we are going to cover functionalities that are related to a production environment.

When a Spring Boot application is finally in production, it needs all the tools to manage and monitor it. This is especially important in complex scenarios like those related to micro-service systems. Spring Boot provides an effective solution to provide the required functionalities, the Actuator. The Actuator is a Spring Boot module with a set of features available as HTTP or JMX endpoints, or even with a remote SSH shell.

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