Azure Container Service introduced by Microsoft

Mictosoft Azure introduces AKS, managed Kubernetes service
24 October 2017   636

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 Blockchain Partnership in Taiwan

Microsoft Taiwan, Digital China and Hot Cool plan to use blockchain to improve the financial, e-commerce, entertainment, and other industries
04 July 2018   170

A subsidiary of the technological giant Microsoft Taiwan announced a blockchain cooperation with Chinese companies Digital China and Hot Cool. This is reported by CCN.

The Alliance will implement the technology of the distributed registry in the areas of finance, e-commerce and entertainment.

Taiwan has first-class engineering and technical talents, and their innovative thinking cannot be underestimated. At the same time, it carries a solid manufacturing and R&D foundation, plus Excellent geographical location, with the superior conditions for the development of blockchain application, I believe that Microsoft’s tooling in the strategic layout of the blockchain, and citing the global partner resources, is bound to be the vision of the industrial application of the blockchain.

Sun Jikang

General manager, Microsoft Taiwan

The companies plan to create new solutions in the cloud services of Microsoft Azure Blockchain Workbench and MPS from Hot Cool. According to the general manager of Microsoft Taiwan Sun Jikang, these platforms will improve the computing power and security of the blockchain products that Digital China will supply.

CEO Digital China Sana Yutao believes that the Azure Blockchain Workbench service will reduce the time to create a blockchain-infrastructure in China.

As part of the cooperation, Hot Cool will act as an intermediary between state and corporate cloud providers.