Azure Container Service introduced by Microsoft

Mictosoft Azure introduces AKS, managed Kubernetes service
24 October 2017   338

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 Azure will be integrated with Corda

R3 and Microsoft Corp. have agreed on their future partnership
21 November 2017   231

Recently R3 and Microsoft corp. concluded an agreement about deep integration the Corda platform with Azure. This integration will simplify to work for businesses which use computing resources for blockchain networks. And it will provide simple integration of Azure’s services with Corda, for example SQL Database, Key Vault, Express Route, Active Directory. The developers will be able to build their own CorDapps with understandable tools.

Then R3 and Microsoft are going to provide Corda and Azure networks for free access. In this way businesses will be able to easily set up Corda networks. It will reduce time and deployment costs for them. Now available stable Corda’s version 1.0 with stable core application programming interface (API).

Also this agreement means that the Azure is the preferred cloud provider for R3.

A lot of companies around the world use Corda technological platform for development vendoring and system integration.

As an early investor in R3, Commonwealth Bank has developed deep experience in distributed ledger technologies, and our early adoption of cloud technology has delivered significant benefits to our organisation and our customers. Deeper integration of the Corda platform with Azure will enable CBA to better scale our distributed ledger experimentation and help keep CBA at the forefront of technology innovation in financial services.

Dilan Rajasingham, Head of Emerging Technology at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

For the first time R3 and Microsoft corp. started talking about cooperation at last year. Now 60 partners companies join in the network which includes R3, Microsoft corp., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel.