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course: Microservices 101

Point-to-Point vs Publish/Subscribe

7 min
Wade Waldron

Wade Waldron

Staff Software Practice Lead

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Point-to-Point vs Publish/Subscribe


Communication between microservices can be broadly categorized as either point-to-point or publish/subscribe. Point-to-point is often used synchronously, while publish/subscribe tends to be asynchronous. Each of these techniques can have a place in a modern microservices platform, but it is important to understand the role each one plays so that they can be used effectively.


  • Communication in the Real World
  • Point-to-Point Communication
  • Point-to-Point Advantages
  • Point-to-Point Disadvantages
  • Publish/Subscribe Communication
  • Publish/Subscribe Advantages
  • Publish/Subscribe Disadvantages


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