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A Closer Look at Microsoft’s Azure Event Grid

During the last week of August, Microsoft launched a preview of Azure Event Grid, a service that has the potential to become the messaging foundation of the Microsoft cloud infrastructure.

Azure Event Grid helps Microsoft and its customers in multiple forms. Firstly, Azure didn’t have a direct competitor to Amazon Simple Notification Service(SNS). Second, the existing services such as Azure Queue and Service Bus are designed for different use cases. They predate the emerging paradigm of serverless computing. Microsoft utilized the opportunity to ship something better than SNS, and a messaging service designed for the contemporary microservices and serverless applications.

The cloud is increasingly becoming event-driven. When the average CPU utilization goes beyond 60 percent, an auto scale event is triggered to add new VMs to the scale set. When the health check fails for five consecutive times, the load balancer will raise an event and then stops sending the traffic to the VM. When a document is manipulated in Microsoft Cosmos DB, a change feed event is triggered. These sample events only represent a tiny subset of events that take place in the cloud. Almost every action initiated through the portal, API and CLI results in firing an event. If developers are exposed to these events along with the metadata, they gain fine-grain control over the lifecycle of resource lifecycle.

Azure Event Grid is designed to address this scenario, to enable developers to access events generated by the cloud infrastructure.

Apart from the cloud-generated events, Azure Event Grid can be exploited for custom events. It can act as a pipe to connect custom event sources and targets. For example, a developer can use Azure Event Grid to fire a custom event to notify that the shopping cart is checked out in an e-commerce portal. That event can be consumed by independent targets to process the event.

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Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.