Kubernetes on Azure

Enterprise-grade by design

Adopt Kubernetes with enterprise expertise

Turn Kubernetes from a challenge into an advantage for your organisation. And leverage expertise built from thousands of engagements with real customers.

1,000s

of enterprise engagements to inform best practices.

3,500

security experts focused on your data security and privacy

365

days a year of on-call support from certified service providers

Built-in best practices

Receive proactive and actionable recommendations for securing resources, maintaining cluster hygiene and increasing operational efficiency.

Enterprise support

Get support from Kubernetes Certified Service Providers and a self-service experience for faster diagnostics and troubleshooting.

Multi-layer security

Implement hardened security and layers of isolation across compute resources, data and networking.

Unified management

Enable consistent configuration and governance across on-premises, edge and multi-cloud environments.

Built-in best practices

Optimise your Kubernetes deployments with real-time personalised recommendations based on our knowledge from working with thousands of enterprise customers. Automatically analyse the configuration of your Azure Kubernetes Service cluster and usage telemetry, proactively identify potential issues and get guidance from Azure Advisor. Advisor helps you improve performance, availability and Kubernetes cluster security before there’s a problem.

Whether you’re a new or a seasoned Kubernetes user, receive industry best practices and an experience that offers guidance such as pre-defined policies and flags for any unexpected deprecated Kubernetes APIs.

Multi-layer security

Achieve hardened security and layers of isolation across OS, compute resources, data and networking with consistent configuration, identity, secret and policy management.

Consistently enforce compliance rules on your clusters and continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines using Azure Policy, which is built on Open Policy Agent. Apply fine-grained identity and access control using Azure Active Directory, and gain unmatched security management, intelligent threat detection and actionable recommendations with Azure Security Center integration.

Enterprise support

Gain peace of mind by working with solution architects from Microsoft or our partners. Get help blueprinting and implementing Kubernetes – from trial to scaling. And as a customer, access on-call support at any time.

Determine the root cause of common Kubernetes cluster issues sooner with an intelligent, self-diagnostic tool in the Azure portal. Access the same technologies Microsoft customer support teams use to analyse, detect and resolve common problems such as insufficient resources, lack of subnet capacity and node authorisation error.

Unified management across environments

Organise and govern Kubernetes clusters and servers that are sprawling across clouds, data centres and edge with Azure Arc.

Achieve application management at scale with DevOps-based techniques for ultimate consistency across Azure Kubernetes Service and other Arc-enabled Kubernetes clusters in different environments.

Get the right support at your stage of Kubernetes adoption

Learn Kubernetes basics from the cofounder

Get started with this series of lightboard videos featuring Kubernetes cofounder Brendan Burns.

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Find resources to make adoption easier

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Get hands-on experience with Kubernetes

Learn how to deploy and manage containers all in one place with the Kubernetes e-book collection.

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Follow the Kubernetes adoption checklist

See what to consider as you adopt Kubernetes – from trial to scale – regarding security, operations, app lifecycle management and architecture. Find the answers you need with templates, code samples, expert tutorials, real-world best practice articles.

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Run Kubernetes on Azure

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS): Highly available, secure and fully managed Kubernetes service
  • Azure Red Hat OpenShift: Fully managed OpenShift service, jointly operated with Red Hat
  • Azure Container Instances: Service to run containers on Azure without managing servers

Enterprise features and services for Kubernetes on Azure

Azure Policy

Implement and enforce rules that are defined across multiple clusters and CI/CD pipelines. Track, validate and reconfigure nodes, pods and container images for compliance.

Azure Security Center

Gain unmatched security management, intelligent threat detection and actionable recommendations for compliance.

Azure Advisor

Get smart recommendations to boost the performance, operational excellence, availability and security for your applications.

Azure Arc

Deploy and manage Kubernetes applications across environments using DevOps techniques. Ensure that applications are consistently deployed and configured from source control.

Azure Cosmos DB

Implement a fully managed database service with turnkey global distribution and transparent multi-master replication. Get single-digit millisecond read and write latencies at the 99th percentile, automatic and elastic scaling of throughput and storage worldwide, 99.999-per cent high availability and five well-defined consistency choices – all backed by industry-leading comprehensive SLAs.

Azure Machine Learning

Deploy models faster with this enterprise-grade machine learning service. Innovate on a secure, trusted platform designed for responsible AI and foster team collaboration with industry-leading MLOps – DevOps for machine learning.

Empower teams to adopt Kubernetes at scale

Architects

Whether you’re building API-first applications, real-time recommendations, commerce platforms or geo-distributed applications, follow a structured approach for designing applications that are scalable, resilient and highly available, based on proven practices from customer engagements.

Infrastructure and ops managers

As your applications move to production, they often span multiple containers deployed across a cluster of servers – increasing in operational complexity and taking up time you could otherwise spend delivering value to your customers. Use a fully managed Kubernetes service such as Azure Kubernetes Service to automate provisioning, upgrading, monitoring and scaling for compute resources.

Developers

Integrate a managed Kubernetes platform that’s designed for developers seamlessly with your favourite IDE, CI/CD process and monitoring tools to automate your workflows. With built-in CI/CD and container health monitoring, accelerate the move from code to container to Kubernetes cluster in minutes through automation.

Security administrator

Rely on a cloud with built-in security controls across identity, data, networking and apps. Apply at-scale guardrails on your clusters in a centralised, consistent manner. Dramatically simplify the task of initialising and maintaining compliant environments with Azure Policy. Integrate your organisation’s existing identity provider, such as Azure Active Directory, with the cluster. Azure Security Center enables container vulnerability scanning, security recommendations, environment hardening and runtime protection.

Common enterprise use cases for Kubernetes on Azure

Handle spikes on demand

Offer customers fast and reliable service quality during seasonal and other high-traffic demand periods.

  • Handle traffic and sales bursts with instant, elastic scaling but without managing infrastructures.
  • Create fast, robust user experiences with low-latency data access from anywhere in the world.
  • Achieve high availability across multiple data centres.

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Implement secure DevOps for AKS

Increase team agility with streamlined DevOps without compromising security.

  • Deliver code faster with managed Kubernetes and built-in CI/CD.
  • Accelerate the feedback loop with real-time monitoring.
  • Implement continuous security and deep traceability.

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Evolve to an API-first SaaS business model

Adapt, evolve and encourage faster innovation to turn opportunities into strategic advantages.

  • Create API gateways and developer portals in minutes and publish APIs easily for internal or external use.
  • Handle any data schema and adapt quickly to rapid changes.
  • Connect to back-end services anywhere and manage, secure and optimise all APIs in one place.

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Instant IoT data streaming

Ingest and analyse high volumes of IoT data and generate real-time recommendations and insights.

  • Ingest data in real time and create a processing pipeline capable of detection and notification within seconds.
  • Connect back-end services running anywhere with a secure API gateway.
  • Elastically provision compute capacity without the need to manage the infrastructure.

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Real-time personalised recommendations

Help customers discover items they’ll love.

  • Analyse high volumes of data in milliseconds.
  • Ensure high application performance worldwide with low latency.
  • Gain rapid insight with tunable data consistency models.

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Machine learning operations

Deliver innovation faster with robust machine learning lifecycle management.

  • Create reproducible workflows for traceability and consistent model delivery.
  • Train and deploy models anywhere with a managed Kubernetes service – backed by powerful GPU compute.
  • Automate with Azure DevOps and GitHub integration, and build for CI/CD.

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Resources

What is Kubernetes?

Learn the basics. See how to build, deliver and scale containerised apps faster with open-source container orchestration.

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Kubernetes learning and training

Make Kubernetes adoption easier with a curriculum that includes videos, articles, books, hands-on workshops and technical webinars.

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Kubernetes best practices

See guidance on building and managing applications in AKS – written for cluster operators and developers.

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