What is Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service developed by Microsoft for developing, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers. It offers software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and it supports a wide range of programming languages, tools, and frameworks, including Microsoft-developed and third-party software.
What is Kubernetes?
So Kubernetes, often known as K8s, is a container management solution that is used to manage containers, or more specifically, pods containing containers. Pods are just containers with additional K8 capabilities such as labeling and other features so that K8s can handle them appropriately. As a result, K8s enables us to deploy containers to clusters or virtual machine networks. We must first build up the K8s cluster before we can deploy our applications, which are containerized applications, within it. As a result, Kubernetes can be described as a container orchestration tool. It is in charge of:
- Deploying images and containers
- Managing the scaling of containers and clusters
- Resource balancing containers and clusters
- Traffic management for services
What is AKS(Azure Kubernetes Service)?
With a fully-managed Kubernetes service, AKS makes it easier to deploy and manage containerized applications. Serverless Kubernetes, an integrated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) experience, and enterprise-grade security and governance are all available with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). It enables you to bring your development and operations teams together on a single platform to confidently build, deliver, and scale apps. We simply have to pay for the virtual machines we use, as well as the storage and networking resources they require. We can take advantage of free cluster management this way.
Common uses for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
- Lift and Shift to containers with AKS: With AKS, we can quickly move existing applications to containers and operate them on the Azure-managed Kubernetes service (AKS). We can additionally regulate access with Azure Active Directory integration and use OSBA (Open Service Broker for Azure) to access SLA-backed Azure Services like Azure Database for MySQL for your data needs.
- Microservices using AKS: We can utilize AKS to make microservices architecture deployment and administration easier. Horizontal scaling, self-healing, load balancing, and secret management are all made easier with AKS.
- Model training with AKS for Machine Learning: Model training with big datasets is a time-consuming and resource-intensive operation. To make training Machine Learning models easier, we can use technologies like TensorFlow and Kubeflow. Our machine learning models will run on AKS clusters with GPU-enabled virtual machines.
- Secure DevOps for AKS: DevOps and Kubernetes work better together, thus secure DevOps for AKS is a must. We can achieve a mix of speed and security by combining secure DevOps with Kubernetes on Azure and delivering code faster at scale. We can use CI/CD with dynamic policy controls to establish guardrails around development processes and expedite feedback loops with constant monitoring. We may use Azure Pipelines to deliver quickly while guaranteeing that essential policies are enforced with Azure Policy. Azure gives us real-time visibility into our build and releases pipelines, as well as the flexibility to quickly conduct compliance audits and reconfigure them.
Companies using AKS
Bosch uses Azure Kubernetes Service and map-matching technologies to improve car safety. The goal for Robert Bosch when he set out to tackle the problem of motorists driving the wrong way down motorways was to save lives. In Germany, similar services existed, but precision and speed could not be compromised. As a result, the company created a wrong-way driver warning (WDW) service and software development kit (SDK) for app developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). This design is based on a unique map-matching algorithm and the scalability of Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), as well as Azure HDInsight tools that interface with the Apache Kafka streaming platform
“Using AKS was a strategic decision. We looked for a managed orchestrator so we could offload the work of patching, upgrading, and production-level services. That’s why we chose AKS — and it’s a very open, flexible platform.”
Hai Dang Le: technical lead
Hafslund uses containerized software for utility initiatives and to improve customer service. The electrical grid operator Hafslund Nett (Hafslund), which serves 1.5 million Norwegians, determined that older systems for reading meter data required more capacity and that externally designed software was difficult to maintain. Hafslund chose Microsoft Azure as its cloud platform, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to manage software containers, and Azure Monitor for Containers to optimize container performance to address the issue. Hafslund additionally utilizes Azure Application Insights to collect application performance metrics and Azure Monitor for Containers to monitor container workloads deployed to managed AKS-hosted clusters.
“We wanted a platform to speed development and testing but do it safely, without losing control over security and performance. That’s why Azure and AKS are the perfect fit for us.”
Stale Heitmann: Chief Technology Officer
Finastra chooses AKS for its next-generation financial technology development ecosystem. Finastra’s groundbreaking Platform as a Service (PaaS) development platform, FusionFabric.cloud, is redefining the future of banking. As a result, Kubernetes is at the heart of the FusionFabric.cloud platform, allowing Docker containers to be orchestrated. On Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), the next-generation service built on the Azure Container Service Engine, fintech apps can run and grow with ease (ACS). Finastra intends to switch from an ACS engine to an AKS engine. Finastra’s development team benefits significantly from AKS.
“AKS gives us a pure Kubernetes and Docker imaging environment that we don’t have to manage ourselves. Our team has regained the resources to accelerate deployment and maximize our PaaS offering.”
Félix Grévy : Global Head of Product Management
These were some of the companies that used Azure Kubernetes Service or you can say that mainly depend on the AKS.
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