Event Driven Infrastructure

As we move firmly into the era of highly-distributed systems with very large numbers of systems to manage, new questions about how to manage the full lifecycle of an application stack healthy and performant. In order to do so, automation systems need to themselves adapt so that they can be reactive to changes in the system in near real-time.

In my work at SaltStack, one key response to this need is the concept of event-driven automation.

But what do we really mean when we talk about event-driven? What’s an event and what do we do with them? What is the role of configuration management in an event-driven infrastructure?

In this talk, we’ll discuss the origins of an event-driven infrastructure approach, from its origins in the much-maligned Enterprise Service Bus to event-driven programming paradigms that spawned it.

After describing the fundamental componenents of any event-driven infrastructure, we’ll actually walk through a very basic proof of concept using ZeroMQ and a little bit of Python. Finally, we’ll end with a brief demonstration of SaltStack’s approach to event-driven automation.


Mike Place


Mike Place is the principle maintainer of the SaltStack project and oversees the open-source development teams.