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Assessing Event-Driven Middleware Technology for Modern Application Architecture

Published: 27 March 2017

ID: G00319319

Analyst(s): Gary Olliffe


Demand for agile and flexible solutions is driving growth in event-driven architecture, but implementing EDA adds complexity to system design and delivery. Technical professionals architecting microservices, integration and APIs must evaluate EDA and use appropriate middleware to support it.

Table Of Contents


  • Middleware Objectives for Event-Driven Architecture
    • Communication Patterns for Event-Driven Architecture
  • Event Broker Middleware for Event-Driven Solutions
    • Message Brokers
    • Event Streaming Platforms
    • Subscription-Enabled Data Stores
    • Related Tools and Technologies
  • Three Application Architecture Use Cases
    • Use Case No. 1: Microservice Architecture
    • Use Case No. 2: Enterprise Application and Data Integration
    • Use Case No. 3: Event-Driven APIs
    • Other Related Use Cases
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • EDA and Application Architectures for Digital Business
    • Why Digital Business Demands EDA
    • Combining EDA and Service Orientation
  • The Patterns of EDA

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