Microsoft, Mesosphere Team for Azure Cloud Container Management
During AzureCon, Microsoft announces new offerings aimed at speeding business' journey to the cloud and the Internet of things.At AzureCon, a free virtual cloud-themed event, Microsoft today announced an upcoming Azure Container Service that brings the Apache Mesos cluster management technology to Docker deployments on the company's cloud. The service, available in preview later this year, comes courtesy of a partnership with San Francisco-based Mesosphere. "Rather than building our own [container orchestration technology], we're taking what is popular in the market today," Mike Schutz, general manager of Microsoft Cloud Platform, told eWEEK. In some respects, the upcoming Mesos-powered container management offering is emblematic of Docker's growing popularity on Azure. "Docker tooling has made it extremely easy to package and deploy Docker," noted Schutz. "As customers started to deploy them into production, management and production at scale is something that they were looking for." Schutz also reported that enterprises are not just dabbling with Docker containers; they're putting the technology through its paces using real-world, production workloads. "Docker's popularity and use are increasing across customers of all sizes, not just startups," he said.
Microsoft also announced today that Azure IoT Suite is now generally available. The offering bundles several "Azure-based services into a set of preconfigured solutions," explained Schutz. Noting that "IoT projects are complex and take a long time to implement," he said, the offering enables organizations to quickly start "connecting thousands or tens of thousands of devices" and kick off their Internet of things (IoT) projects and initiatives.