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Azure Container Service Improvements, Kubernetes Hits GA

Azure Container Service (ACS) improvements provide customers with the choice of open-source orchestrators and tooling to simplify the deployment of container-based applications in the cloud including the general availability of Kubernetes.

“Kubernetes offers customers another fully open source choice for their container orchestration engines on Azure. The updates also include the preview of Windows Server Containers with Kubernetes and an update to DC/OS support.”

Other next wave of features announced today includes:

  • Preview of Windows Server Containers with Kubernetes help customers now preview both Docker Swarm (launched in preview last year) as well as Kubernetes though ACS, providing choice as well as consistency with two of the top three Linux container orchestration platforms.
  • DC/OS support updates to version 1.8.8. DC/OS is a production-proven platform that elastically powers both containers and big data services.
  • Key features of 1.8.8 include a new orchestration framework, called “Metronome,” to run scheduled jobs. “This has been added to a new Jobs tab in the DC/OS UI, along with a number of other UI improvements, and addition of GPU and CNI support in the Universal container runtime,” writes Azure team.

Azure Analysis Services, which enables you to host semantic data models in the cloud, is now available in Canada Central and Australia Southeast.

With Azure Analysis Services, “built on the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, users can connect to data models using tools like Excel, Power BI, and many others to create reports and perform ad-hoc data analysis.”

Azure SQL Analytics solution now available in Public Preview, enables you to monitor across multiple Azure subscriptions, resources and elastic pools.

“This solution help capture metrics across subscriptions and elastic pools from Azure SQL Database and elastic pools and visualize them in Operations Management Suite (Log Analytics),” writes Microsoft.

“Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a scalable relational database service that provides capabilities that are familiar to SQL Server to applications that run in Azure. Azure SQL Analytics, which part of OMS Insight and Analytics, collects and visualizes the important SQL Azure performance metrics that enable users to easily create custom monitoring rules and alert on these rules under defined scenarios. “

Azure SQL Database and Elastic Pools in single log analytics workspace
Azure SQL Database and Elastic Pools in single log analytics workspace

To get on with the solution, you need to have a Azure subscription, and other prerequisites include:

  • Operations Management Suite Log Analytics Workspace – Use an existing workspace or create a new workspace upon deployment.
  • Enable Azure Diagnostics for Azure SQL Database and elastic pools and configure them to send their data to Log Analytics.

The public availability of SQL Server 2016 SP1 Developer Edition in Windows Containers is now available on Docker Hub and the build scripts are hosted on GitHub repository. “This image can be used in both Windows Server Containers as well as Hyper-V Containers,” the team said.

SQL Server 2016 Developer Edition:

Microsoft also announced today the availability of OMS Container Solution with added support to Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers support.

Last summer, Microsoft expanded OMS to help developers build, run, test, and deploy distributed applications inside Docker containers on Linux. Because containers are lightweight, pared-down virtual machines that can be easily provisioned, developers have created them sporadically as a solution to support continuous delivery. As containers are being used widely in production and are increasing in numbers, container monitoring has become more challenging.

With this availability, customers in a single pane of glass can now monitor containers on hybrid clouds and multiple platforms. And with the OMS Container solution, you’ll be able to:

  • Centralize and correlate millions of logs from Windows Server, Hyper-V, and Docker containers at scale
  • See real-time information about Container status, image, and affinity

View detailed and secure audit trail of all actions on Container hosts

Diagram of OMS Monitoring Containers in Windows Server and Hyper-V
Diagram of OMS Monitoring Containers in Windows Server and Hyper-V

In other Hybrid Cloud Platform news, Microsoft highlights the Smart security with OMS and Windows Server 2016 in the video entitled “How to turn event logs into security intelligence.”

You can rely on the intelligence built into Operations Management Suite and Windows Server 2016 to do the heavy lifting, so you can focus on keeping your organization secure.

“Get more accurate threat identification with larger data scope using Azure-based Operations Management Suite (OMS). This cost-effective solution helps you to turn enhanced event logs from Windows Server 2016 into security intelligence you can take action on immediately,” writes the team.

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