As more and more serverless applications are developed, events are now the glue connecting all aspects of modern applications. These events can originate from microservices, from VMs, from the edge, or even from IoT devices. They can be fired for infrastructure automation, for application communication, as triggers from data platforms, or to connect complex analytics and AI services. The value of events is growing exponentially, there are a plethora of diverse sources and consumers of events across public clouds, private clouds, and even at the edge.
One of our major Azure innovations last year was the creation of an event-centric serverless platform, AzureEvent Grid. To support the growing diversity of serverless applications, Event Grid was launched with support to use Azure’s native serverless platforms, like Azure Functions, and with support to use custom events, enabling applications to send and receive events whether on Azure or another platform.
We are now taking this open and diverse event approach further by being the first major public cloud to offerfirst-class support for CloudEvents as part of Event Grid.CloudEventsis a new open specification and standard for describing event data in a common and consistent way. Building on this standard will enable interoperability between different cloud providers, SaaS companies, IoT manufacturers, and many others creating a much richer and more inclusive serverless experience. Additionally, this will enable event-based IoT solutions on the edge to take an event-model dependency without being locked to a single cloud provider. You can find a similar approach to this open flexibility withAzure Functions, where we offer a fully open-source service that can run serverless functions on any platform and on any cloud in aDocker container.