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Microsoft Azure Container Service Engine Released Under Open-Source

Updates to Azure Container Service (ACS) were announced Monday Nov. 7th, including the preview releases of Kubernetes 1.4 on ACS and Azure Container Registry, a private repository for hosting container images for use on Azure.

we’re also enabling more streamlined agile development and container management through new updates, including these:

Azure Container Registry, will be available in preview starting on Nov. 14th, is a private repository for hosting container images for use on Azure and lets you store Docker-formatted images for all types of container deployments.

In addition, ACR integrates well with orchestrator offered by Azure Container Service such as the open source Docker Registry v2, orchestrators hosted in ACS, including Docker Swarm, DC/OS and Kubernetes, and other tools available on ACR.

Users can benefit from using familiar tooling capable of working with the open source Docker Registry v2.

Use cases for the Azure Container Registry include these:

  • Store and manage images for all types of container deployments
  • Automated Container Builds, Testing and Security Scanning
  • Store your container image in local, network-close storage on Azure
  • Use Common Command Line Interface (CLI) to interact with the registry
  • Use Azure Active Directory to manage access, including Service Principals for headless connections like automated CI/CD and vulnerability scanning
  • Manage Windows and Linux container images in a single registry

A new experience that enable to easily set up continuous integration and deployment of multicontainer Linux applications using Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services and the open source Visual Studio Code will also available on Nov. 14.

Kubernetes 1.4 preview on Azure Container Service available now, will provide customers with another fully open source choice for their container orchestration engine on Azure, with ACS providing support for three fully open source solutions in DC/OS, Docker Swarm and Kubernetes.

ACS support for DC/OS is upgraded to version 1.8.4 includes flexible new virtual networking capabilities along with job-scheduling and Marathon-based container orchestration baked right into the DC/OS UI.

In addition, GitLab, Artifactory, Confluent Platform, DataStax Enterprise and Operations Management Suite are now available for one-click installation from the DC/OS Universe app store.

Finally, Microsoft also shared source code for the ACS Engine on GitHub under open-source license, to collaborate with community on best practices for orchestrating containers on Azure, both public and on Azure Stack.

This collaboration will also help improving the service running in Azure, and community will also learn deployment of DC/OS, Swarm and Kubernetes.

Furthermore, with the ACS Engine, customers can modify and customize deployments of the service beyond what is possible today as well, noted Microsoft.

To get all these benefits, try out DC/OS, Swarm or Kubernetes, on Azure Container Service.

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