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Microsoft Intro Managed Kubernetes for Azure Container Service

The preview of Azure Container Service (AKS), a new managed Kubernetes service announced Tuesday, will run alongside its current offering of Kubernetes support on Azure Container Service, known as ACS.

ACS, which has grown 300% in the last six months will also support other container orchestrators, too.

With AKS preview, customers can easily manage and operate Kubernetes environments, all without sacrificing portability. This new service features an Azure-hosted control plane, automated upgrades, self-healing, easy scaling, and a simple user experience for both developers and cluster operators.

Additionally, AKS customers will also get benefit of open source Kubernetes without complexity and operational overhead.

Since, AKS is free, customers will only pay for VMs that add value to their business.

See the following GIF animation about 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:

…and here is the video on why AKS is right for you:

Container Orchestration Simplified with Managed Kubernetes in Azure Container Service (AKS)

Azure Container Registry Geo-replication

Truffle 4.0 beta 2, a toolset used by developers building decentralized applications on the Ethereum blockchain is now available on Azure Marketplace.

Truffle beta offers a significant upgrade and showcases the features that are being developed as part of the framework, including:

  • No need to run testrpc for faster development cycles
  • Step through debugging of transactions in Smart Contracts
  • The ability to have multiple concurrent development sessions active
  • Logging in the new development blockchain (without the need to use testrpc)
  • New solidity compilier 0.4.17
  • Migration and deployment dry runs to allow testing upgrades before actual deployment

All of the details can be found on GitHub, or on the Truffle website.

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