Microsoft has now announced that Kubernetes support is going to be generally available for its Azure container services for hosting application codes enclosed in a container. Azure Container Service was first introduced in 2015 and back then it was only limited to container management with Docker’s Swarm software or Mesosphere’s DCOS. It worked in the same way until a few months ago Microsoft began Kubernetes preview.
Last year in November Microsoft announced a preview of Kubernetes support in public cloud service. The update seems to be small but the impact is going to be huge because even the top cloud service provider AWS (Amazon Web Service) EC2 Container service doesn’t provide this.
From Microsoft Azure Official Blog, “Azure is the only public cloud platform that provides a container service with the choice of the three most popular open source orchestrators available today. ACS’s approach of openness has been pivotal in driving the adoption of containers on Azure. Enterprises and startups alike recognize the momentum around ACS and the benefit it brings to their applications, which includes agile deployment, portability, and scalability”.
In recent times, containers have gained popularity because of the high usage of Docker by Startups and cloud providers have also chosen this as a deployment option. Along with this update, they are also adding support for Windows Server Containers.