Microsoft unveils Azure Event Grid service

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 17 August 2017
Microsoft unveils Azure Event Grid service

Microsoft has revealed a new fully-managed event routing service called Azure Event Grid. The solution is the first of its kind and aims to make event-based and serverless applications even easier to build on Azure.

The announcement was made by Corey Sanders, Microsoft’s director of compute for Azure, in a blog post. “Most modern applications are built using events – whether it is reacting to changes coming from IoT devices, responding to user clicks on mobile apps, or initiating business processes from customer requests,” he said. “With the growth of event-based programming, there is an increased focus on serverless platforms, like Azure Functions, a serverless compute engine, and Azure Logic Apps, a serverless workflow orchestration engine. Both services enable you to focus on your application without worrying about any infrastructure, provisioning, or scaling.

“Azure Event Grid greatly simplifies the development of event-based applications and simplifies the creation of serverless workflows. Using a single service, Azure Event Grid manages all routing of events from any source, to any destination, for any application.”

Sanders said that Azure Event Grid is an innovative offering that makes an event a first-class object in Azure. With Azure Event Grid, you can subscribe to any event that is happening across your Azure resources and react using serverless platforms like Functions or Logic Apps. In addition to having built-in publishing support for events with services like Blob Storage and Resource Groups, Event Grid provides flexibility and allows you to create your own custom events to publish directly to the service.

“In addition to having a wide range of Azure services with built-in handlers for events, like Functions, Logic Apps, and Azure Automation, Event Grid allows flexibility in handling events, supporting custom web hooks to publish events to any service, even 3rd-party services outside of Azure. This flexibility creates endless application options and makes Azure Event Grid a truly unique service in the public cloud.”

Read more from Sanders about the new service here

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