Microsoft Azure supports Docker and Kubernetes

With support for Google’s Kubernetes project, Docker containers can now be managed on Azure. Microsoft wants to significantly expand Azure’s scope of use and make the platform as open as possible.

Microsoft’s support of Google’s Kubernetes project on Azure known . This allows users to use Azure-compatible Kubernetes modules also on the Microsoft infrastructure. Microsoft also allows the import of existing containers. Microsoft had already announced support in July .

Users can now create a container and publish it to Azure Storage. In addition, it is possible to install Azure clusters using container images from Azure Storage or from the Docker Hub. Also, the update of an existing Kubernetes application to an Azure cluster is now possible, according to a Microsoft blog.

This option is particularly useful for users who have already invested in Kubernetes clusters. In a blog Microsoft confirms that already up to 200 applications with a Kubernetes cluster node can be operated parallel on Azure. However, it is unclear whether Microsoft will also support Linux as a guest system for Docker here.

The Open Source project Docker provides a framework that simplifies the deployment of applications by ‘packing’ them into a container that can run on many different platforms. With the project Kubernetes Google provides a management and scheduling for Docker container.

In addition, Microsoft also introduces the Kubernetes Visualizer . This solution, released under the Apache license, is intended to make it easier for beginners to work with Docker. Based on Node.js visualizer visualizes what exactly happens in the cluster. In addition, users can edit the automatically generated files and then check how Kubernetes updates the cluster configuration.

Microsoft developers initially launched 30 to 50 copies of Nginx within a Kubernetes pod on Windows Azure with Kubernetes, eventually expanding the number to 200.  The pods with the blue semicircle start straight, the first line has not yet been assigned to a minion.  Source: Microsoft

Microsoft developers initially launched 30 to 50 copies of Nginx within a Kubernetes pod on Windows Azure with Kubernetes, eventually expanding the number to 200. The pods with the blue semicircle start straight, the first line has not yet been assigned to a minion. Source: Microsoft

Before Microsoft said: “This demo application visualizes what exactly happens in the Kubernetes cluster, where it shows where all the workloads are running. This helps to understand how Kubernetes works and also shows how the scheduler works. ”

With the support for Kubernetes on Azure, Microsoft also seems to respond to the fact that Google already offers support for its own project in Google Compute Engine .

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