New Azure Kubernetes and Event Grid integrations presented on Microsoft Inspire
This week’s Microsoft Inspire 2021 event focuses on the company’s partner ecosystem, but also provides cloud developers with news on the Event Grid for Serverless Computing and Azure Kubernetes Service.
Despite the focus on partners, CEO Satya Nadella called the developer community during his keynote address on Wednesday July 14th, claiming the company had seen many new developers on its platforms.
“And today I want to speak specifically about developers and their growing role in our work,” said Nadella. “We are seeing an increase in developers in all industries and regions. In fact, the number of developers in non-tech companies is growing faster than in tech companies. Students, teachers, data analysts, and academics have seen rapid growth on GitHub over the past year. As every business strives to build its own digital capabilities, it needs to modernize existing apps, create new apps, and have a standard way of doing both. And we know that increasingly, application development isn’t just about broad developers, it’s about domain experts, designers, marketers, sellers, customer service. ”
But even with those words and some other developer-related references from Nadella, Microsoft didn’t reveal any major new development features on the first day of Inspire. List the sparse developer news that was Announced new integrations for Event Grid, which powers Azure serverless apps, with blocks of code typically executing when triggered by different types of events. It manages the routing of all events from each source to each destination.
Two new integrations were announced in the preview: with Azure API Management and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
“Event Grid is a single service for managing the routing of events from source to destination with near real-time notifications,” said Microsoft. “It allows users to easily build apps with event-based architectures by subscribing to events and then taking action when the subscribed event is received. To automate AKS operations, customers can now subscribe to the following events:
- AKS event for the availability of a new Kubernetes version upgrade.
- AKS event for the availability of an upgrade to the new node image version.
Developers can simply select the Azure resource to subscribe to, code an event handler or WebHook endpoint to take action when the subscribed event occurs.
Meanwhile, Azure API Management integration with Azure Event Grid is helping customers configure API Management to publish events to Event Grid when a new user or subscription to an API Management resource is created.
Even more Kubernetes functionality that was announced in the preview concerns new “intelligent default settings”, which are supposed to simplify and accelerate configuration.
“Smart Defaults are a set of scenario-specific cluster configurations that can be applied with a single click to help customers avoid common setup and operation pitfalls and get started quickly,” said Microsoft. “This feature also saves customers the time they would spend navigating through the documentation and testing various settings.”
Customers can choose from these scenarios:
- Development / test
- Batch processing
- Hardened cluster access
Users can also quickly apply preset configurations for node pool size, autoscaling, availability zones, Azure Monitor, and Azure Policy specific to the above scenarios.
Microsoft Inspire 2021 started today (June 14th) and ends tomorrow.
David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.