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Public preview: Serverlessly run on-demand, scheduled, and event-driven jobs on Azure Container Apps

Published date: May 23, 2023

In addition to continuously running services that can scale to zero, Azure Container Apps now supports jobs. The jobs feature is in public preview and enables you to run serverless containers that perform a task and exit when complete.

Azure Container Apps jobs support three trigger types: manual (on-demand), scheduled, and event-driven. Manual jobs are triggered by a user or an external system, such as another container app. Scheduled jobs are triggered at a specified time or interval. Event-driven jobs are triggered by scaling rules.

Common scenarios for jobs include:

  • Running a one-time containerized data migration job.
  • Running a recurring containerized batch job, such as a nightly inventory processing job.
  • Running a containerized job in response to an event, such as a message arriving in a queue.
  • Running CI/CD build processes such as Azure Pipelines agents and GitHub Actions runners in a Container Apps environment.

A job can run multiple executions concurrently, and each job execution can run multiple replicas in parallel.

Container apps and jobs share the same Container Apps environment, providing them with a common serverless platform and shared capabilities such as networking and observability. Jobs can communicate with container apps in the same environment.

Jobs support both the Consumption and Dedicated plans. In the Consumption plan, you pay only when jobs are executing, by the second. In the Dedicated plan, jobs with specialized compute requirements can take advantage of custom workload profiles.

To learn more, visit:

  • Azure Container Apps
  • Features
  • Microsoft Build

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