Containers are In – Azure Can Help



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Application development and deployment has come a long way in recent years. The introduction of containers opens the door for more lightweight, portable, scalable development. Add to that the capabilities of Kubernetes clusters and you get a new level of efficiency when managing application development, testing, and deployment. If your team is actively using Linux containers and Kubernetes clusters, it’s important to make sure your database products are supporting your efforts. Microsoft Azure has been helping its clients utilize and manage containers with Azure Container Service (ACS), now taking it a step further with the development of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

Why Containers?

Containers have tons of benefits for API development. They are basically self-contained instances that run natively on your OS, maintaining configuration settings across multiple platforms. Imagine your developers working on an API on their laptop, which has one set of configurations, and then sending to another developer for review. Will the other environment behave exactly the same way? Impossible to know. With virtualization, you can eliminate these issues, but this is taxing on your system. Containers are lightweight so that you can run multiple containers on your machine without experiencing performance issues. Remember, these are running natively, not creating a secondary environment. These containers can then be cloned, easily moved, and scaled as needed.

At the 2019 Data Summit, Jeff Fried, director of product management for InterSystems, praised containers as “the fastest growing cloud enabling technology. Operational benefits of containerization include portability, scalability, fast deployment, and more. The business benefits from the agility, cost savings, and customer satisfaction.

Kubernetes Clusters

If you’re sold on containers, you may be wondering what’s the next step. Google’s Kubernetes Engine simplifies and streamlines container management through clusters. It gives you a place to run your containerized applications among clusters of physical or virtual machines. It also automates much of the management and operations involved, simplifying the process of managing containerized workloads, particularly at scale. This technology has been running Google’s containerized workloads for the past 15 years. Released in 2014 to the open-source market, Kubernetes has since become the leading platform for managing containers.

Azure and Containers

Microsoft has been embracing the open source revolution by creating products and services that work with these Linux containers and Kubernetes clusters. This gives companies and developers more options when it comes to selecting services and optimizing their own environment. Azure Container Service was the first step in adding functionality to streamline and enhance container database development and management on Azure. Now they are taking it a step further with the development of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). AKS has more functionality and will effectively replace ACS for all users with Linux containers. If you are using ACS now, start planning to switch. Microsoft will be ending support for ACS on January 31, 2020. All clients should begin the process of transitioning to AKS (or if you are using Docker containers or DC/OS, migrate according to the recommended solution).

Benefits of AKS

Azure Kubernetes Service is essentially a platform to help you manage your Kubernetes clusters with minimal oversight. Efficiency and productivity is about automating as many tasks as you can, and AKS does just that. The service makes it easier and more efficient to deploy your Kubernetes clusters on Azure and takes care of maintenance and health monitoring that can take up your valuable time.

If you or your developers are using Linux containers and Kubernetes clusters in your strategy, take a look at Microsoft’s Azure Kubernetes Service. Simplify and automate your container deployment and management.

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