Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Build and scale with managed Kubernetes
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Build and scale with managed Kubernetes
Innovate, deploy, and operate Kubernetes seamlessly
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) offers the quickest way to start developing and deploying cloud-native apps in Azure, datacentres, or at the edge with built-in code-to-cloud pipelines and guardrails. Get unified management and governance for on-premises, edge, and multi-cloud Kubernetes clusters. Interoperate with Azure security, identity, cost management, and migration services.
Automated management and scalability of Kubernetes clusters for enterprise-grade container orchestration
End-to-end developer productivity with debugging, CI/CD, logging, and automated node maintenance
Advanced identity and access management to monitor and maintain container security for governance at scale
The fastest way to spin up managed Kubernetes clusters
Streamline deployment with prebuilt cluster configurations for Kubernetes with smart defaults. Connect and deploy your applications faster with app images. Prepare apps for production by using Draft for AKS to ready source code and non-containerized apps for deployments to a Kubernetes cluster. Autoscale apps using Kubernetes Event Driven Autoscaler (KEDA). Leverage commercial Kubernetes solutions and services in Azure Marketplace with click-through deployments to the Kubernetes platform and flexible billing models.
Automate integrated end-to-end CI/CD pipelines
Iteratively develop and debug microservice applications with the Kubernetes extensions for Microsoft Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. Add CI/CD pipelines through GitHub Actions and simplify runtime and portability with Dapr. Quickly set up a test deployment strategy and gain observability into your environment. Detect failures with the Kubernetes resource view, control-plane telemetry, log aggregation, and container health.
Build secure apps on a trusted platform
Enforce regulatory compliance controls using Azure Policy, with built-in guardrails and internet security benchmarks. Get fine-grained identity and access control using Azure Active Directory. Grant privileged access with just-in-time cluster access. Use Microsoft Defender for Containers to improve, monitor, and maintain security.
Get flexible deployment options from the cloud to the edge with Azure Arc
Run an on-premises implementation of AKS on supported customer-managed infrastructures. Deploy containerized Windows and Linux applications in datacentres and at the edge. Create GitOps configurations to keep Kubernetes clusters in sync and automate updates for new and existing deployments. Use Azure Migrate to plan and execute a successful migration to AKS. Set up your cloud environment with help from the Azure Migration and Modernisation Programme.
Comprehensive security and compliance, built in
Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
We employ more than 3,500 security experts dedicated to data security and privacy.
Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.
Common uses for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Migrate your existing application to the cloud, build a complex application that uses machine learning, or take advantage of the agility offered by a microservices architecture.
Easily migrate existing applications to containers and run them in a fully managed Kubernetes service with AKS.
Use AKS to simplify the deployment and management of microservices-based architecture. AKS streamlines horizontal scaling, self-healing, load balancing, and secret management.
Kubernetes and DevOps are better together. Achieve the balance between speed and security, and deliver code faster at scale, by implementing secure DevOps with Kubernetes on Azure.
Use the AKS virtual node to provision pods inside ACI that start in seconds. This enables AKS to run with just enough capacity for your average workload.
Training models using large datasets is a complex and resource-intensive task. Use familiar tools such as TensorFlow and Kubeflow to simplify training of machine learning models.
Use AKS to easily ingest and process a real-time data stream with millions of data points collected via sensors. Perform fast analysis and computations to develop insights into complex scenarios quickly.
Use AKS and pay only for compute resources
- Pay only for the virtual machines and the associated storage and networking resources consumed.
- Take advantage of no-charge cluster management.
Get started with an Azure free account
Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 40+ other services that are always free.
After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.
After 12 months, you'll keep getting 40+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.
How customers are using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Ståle Heitmann, Chief Technology Officer, Hafslund Nett
"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."
Rasmus Hald, Head of Cloud Architecture, A.P. Moller - Maersk
"Using Kubernetes on Azure satisfies our objectives for efficient software development. It aligns well with our digital plans and our choice of open-source solutions."
Thomas Gossler, Lead Architect, Digital Ecosystem Platform, Siemens Healthineers
"Using AKS puts us into a position to not only deploy our business logic in Docker containers, including the orchestration, but also… to easily manage the exposure and control."
Olof Spångö, DevOps Digital System Owner, Scandinavian Airlines
"With the migrations to AKS and Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Flexible Server, we are fulfilling our plan to save costs and simplify processes for our application teams."
Bernhard Rode, Software Engineer, Bosch
"When we started our journey on Azure, we were a really small team—just one or two developers. Our partnership with Microsoft, the support from their advisory teams, the great AKS documentation and enterprise expertise—it all helped us very much to succeed."
Training materials and resources
OverviewWhat is Kubernetes?
Videos, events, and webinars
Blog and updates
Forums and community
AKS production baseline
Expert guidanceAKS office hours
AKS updates, blogs, and announcements
Frequently asked questions about Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
AKS is available in more than 40 regions worldwide and new ones are being added regularly.
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) offers the quickest way to start developing and deploying cloud-native apps in Azure, datacentres, or at the edge, with built-in code-to-cloud pipelines and guardrails. As a hosted Kubernetes service, Azure handles critical tasks, like health monitoring and maintenance. You only manage and maintain the agent nodes.
Kubernetes is open-source software for deploying and managing containerized applications at scale. It orchestrates a cluster of Azure virtual machines, schedules containers, automatically manages service discovery, incorporates load balancing, tracks resource allocation, and manages the health of individual resources using automatic restart/replication. AKS is a managed service that automates provisioning, upgrading, on-demand scaling, and more. Visit the Kubernetes website and topic page for details.
Docker and Kubernetes are complementary. Docker provides an open standard for packaging and distributing containerized applications, while Kubernetes provides for the orchestration and management of distributed, containerized applications created with Docker. In other words, Kubernetes provides the infrastructure needed to deploy and run applications built with Docker.
AKS can run in on-premises datacentres or edge environments, such as a retail store or branch office. Azure Kubernetes Service is enabled by Azure Arc and can be deployed on Azure Stack HCI and on both Windows Server 2019 and 2022 Datacentre. These flexible deployment options are enabled by Azure Arc and make it quicker to get started hosting Linux and Windows containers in your data-centre or edge locations.