Azure Container Service introduced by Microsoft

Mictosoft Azure introduces AKS, managed Kubernetes service
24 October 2017   2041

Microsoft's public cloud computing platform, Microsoft Azure, announces the preview of AKS (Azure Container Service), the company's new managed Kubernetes service. With the new service, it is even easier to manage and operate Kubernetes environments, all without sacrificing portability.

AKS features an Azure-hosted control plane, automated upgrades, self-healing, easy scaling, and a simple user experience for both developers and cluster operators. With AKS, customers get the benefit of open source Kubernetes without complexity and operational overhead. 

Azure’s container efforts are now lead by Brendan Burns, co-creator of Kubernetes.

AKS, managed Kubernetes service
AKS, managed Kubernetes service

While Azure Container Service has been available since 2015, the new features and innovative pricing are focused on Kubernetes, which has emerged as the open source standard for container orchestration.

We also see continued interest in other orchestrator deployments such as Docker Enterprise and Mesosphere DC/OS, including MetLife and ESRI.  As a result, we will continue to support the existing ACS deployment engine in Azure for simple creation of popular open source container solutions.

Gabe Monroy 
PM Lead, Containers, Microsoft Azure

In addition to the launch of AKS, the company also announces the general availability of managed SKUs Azure Container Registry (ACR), which provides a private registry that scales to your needs through three new sizes.

Microsoft to Launch Azure Blockchain Tokens Platform

The platform is targeted at the enterprise-level customers, which are offered a set of token templates with the necessary properties
05 November 2019   141

Microsoft has launched the Azure Blockchain Tokens platform, designed to simplify enterprises deploying and managing tokens for various tasks.

Corporate customers are offered a set of token templates with the necessary properties, explained CoinDesk Microsoft Chief Architect Marley Gray.

The templates were created by members of the Token Taxonomy Initiative (TTI), previously launched by Microsoft in conjunction with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). Other TTI members include IBM and Intel, Hyperledger and R3 consortia, Digital Asset Holdings, and ConsenSys, a blockchain startup.

The EEA clarified that the templates on the platform are not yet commercial products, but their specifications can already be downloaded.