Azure Container Service introduced by Microsoft

Mictosoft Azure introduces AKS, managed Kubernetes service
24 October 2017   1419

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 & EEA to Create Token Taxonomy Initiative

As reported, EEA intends to act as a platform for the the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consorti
18 April 2019   170

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) blockchain consortium launched a project with Microsoft to help businesses develop and create tokens to solve specific problems.

The EEA intends to act as a platform for the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consortia. At the same time, IBM and Intel, JP Morgan financial holding, ConsenSys blockchain start-up and many others will participate in the project.

According to Ron Reznick, Director General of the EEA, various seminars will be available to specialists as well as the GitHub repository as part of the initiative. Already existing tokens on different blockchains will be tested, and then reduced to a single standard.

Microsoft Chief Architect Marley Gray noted that during his work with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and EEA, he often encountered various industry consortia that spent a lot of time trying to understand “how best tokenize, for example, a barrel of oil”.

Thus, as part of the initiative, it is planned to create a token constructor so that any person, even without being a technical specialist, can explain to developers what he wants from an asset.

Last year, EEA and another leading blockchain consortium Hyperledger announced a partnership that provides for the creation of uniform standards for corporate distributed networks developed by the participants of these two organizations.