Browse Definitions:
Definition

Azure Service Fabric

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: AWS Lambda architecture brings serverless to enterprise cloud
Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Azure Service Fabric is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering designed to facilitate the development, deployment and management of highly scalable and customizable applications for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Fabric, in this context, is a synonym for framework. Azure CTO Mark Russinovich describes Service Fabric as a layer that understands “the binding between microservices and the underlying infrastructure that they run on.” Apps created in the Service Fabric environment are composed of separate microservices that communicate with each other through service APIs (application-programming interfaces).

The modular nature of microservices makes it possible to scale individual components of an application separately according to requirements, frees developers from the need to deal with infrastructure problems and simplifies the process of rolling out changes. The microservices approach contrasts with the traditional monolithic architecture, in which elements of a program are interwoven and interdependent, requiring that the whole program be addressed if any element is to be changed.

Most web services and many apps are actually composed of multiple microservices, which include things like protocol gateways, user profiles, web proxies, databases, shopping carts, caches and inventory processing. Microservices may be stateful or stateless. A stateless web proxy, for example, does not maintain information about a particular transaction beyond a request and the response to that request; a stateful proxy maintains information about all transactions. Most web services involve a combination of stateful and stateless microservices; Service Fabric supports both.  Each microservice is given a uniquely identifying name; microservices run at very high densities on shared pools of machines known as Service Fabric clusters.

Azure’s core infrastructure is based on Service Fabric, and the platform was running in development at Microsoft for five years prior to its release. Service Fabric powers many Microsoft products including Azure SQL Database, Azure DocumentDB, Azure IoT, Cortana, Power BI, Microsoft Intune, Event Hubs and Skype for Business.

Service Fabric for Windows Server, Linux and Java APIs preview versions are available for deployments on premises or in other cloud environments, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), OpenStack and VMware.

This was last updated in May 2016

Continue Reading About Azure Service Fabric

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

I'm very interested to see how Service Fabric evolves. MSFT hasn't provided a ton of public details yet, but it has a big opportunity to be a powerful platform for Azure to attract and retain developers. 
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

SearchSecurity

  • password

    A password is an unspaced sequence of characters used to determine that a computer user requesting access to a computer system is...

  • adware

    Adware is any software application in which advertising banners are displayed while a program is running.

  • botnet

    A botnet is a collection of internet-connected devices, which may include PCs, servers, mobile devices and internet of things ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

  • mass notification system (MNS)

    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

  • disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

    One approach to a strong disaster recovery plan is DRaaS, where companies offload data replication and restoration ...

SearchStorage

  • data migration

    Data migration is the process of transferring data between data storage systems, data formats or computer systems.

  • compact disc (CD)

    A compact disc is a portable storage medium that can be used for recording, storing and playing back audio, video and other data ...

  • secondary storage

    Secondary storage is used to protect inactive data written from a primary storage array to a nonvolatile tier of disk, flash or ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID)

    SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID) is a methodology commonly used to protect data by distributing redundant data blocks across ...

  • Tier 0

    Tier 0 (tier zero) is a level of data storage that is faster, and perhaps more expensive, than any other level in the storage ...

  • PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive)

    A PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive) is a high-speed expansion card that attaches a computer to its peripherals.

SearchCloudStorage

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

Close