Microsoft Expands Azure Container Service Preview
Microsoft opens the Azure Container Service floodgates, allowing more users to try its cloud-based container management offering.Azure Container Service, the Docker-friendly container management offering from Microsoft and data center orchestration specialist Mesosphere, is now available to all comers. Announced last fall and previously offered as a limited beta to select customers, Azure Container Service is Microsoft's answer to the management challenges posed by Docker's growing popularity on its own cloud. "Docker tooling has made it extremely easy to package and deploy Docker. As customers started to deploy them into production, management and production at scale is something that they were looking for," said Mike Schutz, general manager of Microsoft Cloud Platform, during an eWEEK interview in September. Now, everyone can take it for a spin, said Corey Sanders, director of Azure Program Management in a Feb. 17 announcement. "The Azure Container Service makes it easy to create and manage clusters of Azure Virtual Machines pre-configured with key open source components," stated Sanders. "This work couples Azure's hyper-scale and enterprise-grade cloud with your choice of proven container technologies, Mesos + Mesosphere's Marathon or Docker Swarm, to deliver the foundation needed for the orchestration service any team or company building container apps will want."
Swarm is the native clustering technology used in Docker's open-source application container platform. Microsoft added Swarm support to its Azure cloud computing platform nearly a year ago, coinciding with the beta releases of the Docker Compose, Machine and Swarm orchestration tools.