Microsoft Puts Deis Acquisition to Work, Makes Kubernetes its Platform of Choice

Microsoft escalated an intense battle among cloud providers Tuesday with the introduction of an entirely managed Kubernetes service aimed at saving customers both operational headaches and money. We have seen customers fall in love with our current Kubernetes support on Azure Container Service, now known as ACS, which has grown 300% in the last six months.

Microsoft is "doubling down on making it easy to build applications on Azure using Kubernetes", Burns, once Google's lead Kubernetes engineer, said.

The new solution features an Azure-hosted control plane, automated upgrades, self-healing, scalability, and a developer/cluster operator user experience. In short, you can get the benefits of this open platform without the overhead complexity required to operate the platform.

Notice in the demo below how easy it is to provision a new AKS cluster, upgrade the cluster from Kubernetes 1.7.7 to 1.8.1, and scale the cluster from 3 to 10 nodes. You only pay for the VMs that add value to your business. Microsoft won't charge hourly for the management infrastructure; users will pay only for their Kubernetes agents. After all, the cloud should be about only paying for what you consume. You can sign up for the AKS preview here, and learn more about its implementation at this link.

Now, with Azure Container Service - abbreviated as AKS, to mark its place in the world of Kubernetes - Microsoft is betting that Azure can beat Google Cloud in the Kubernetes game. Kubernetes unique community involvement and its portability makes it an ideal orchestrator to standardize on.

This announcement also comes a few months after the acquisition of Deis, a Kubernetes management startup that Microsoft picked up in April. In fact, Microsoft has been on a hiring spree over the past couple years, bringing on Kubernetes experts like Brendan Burns, who cofounded the project when he worked at the Mountain View-based company.

While the market-leading Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure both offer some kind of support for Kubernetes, Google Cloud prides itself on being the first and best place to use the software, given that it was invented there.

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