Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Highly available, secure and fully managed Kubernetes service

Ship faster, operate with ease and scale confidently

Deploy and manage containerised applications more easily with a fully managed Kubernetes service. Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) offers serverless Kubernetes, an integrated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) experience, and enterprise-grade security and governance. Unite your development and operations teams on a single platform to rapidly build, deliver and scale applications with confidence.

Elastic provisioning of capacity without the need to manage the infrastructure, and with the ability to add event-driven auto-scaling and triggers through KEDA

Faster end-to-end development experience through Visual Studio Code Kubernetes tools, Azure DevOps and Azure Monitor

Advanced identity and access management using Azure Active Directory, and dynamic rules enforcement across multiple clusters with Azure Policy

Available in more regions than any other cloud service provider

Accelerate containerised application development

Easily define, deploy, debug and upgrade even the most complex Kubernetes applications, and automatically containerise your applications. Use modern application development to accelerate time to market.

Add a full CI/CD pipeline to your AKS clusters with automated routine tasks, and set up a canary deployment strategy in just a few clicks. Detect failures early and optimise your pipelines with deep traceability into your deployments.

Gain visibility into your environment with the Kubernetes resources view, control-plane telemetry, log aggregation and container health, accessible in the Azure portal and automatically configured for AKS clusters.

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Increased operational efficiency

Rely on built-in automated provisioning, repair, monitoring and scaling. This tick box-like experience helps you get up and running quickly and minimises infrastructure maintenance.

  • Easily provision fully managed clusters with automatically configured monitoring capabilities based on Prometheus.
  • Use Azure Advisor to optimise your Kubernetes deployments with real-time, personalised recommendations based on our knowledge from working with thousands of enterprise customers. Save on costs by using deeply discounted capacity with Azure Spot.
  • Elastically add compute capacity with serverless Kubernetes, in seconds, without worrying about managing the infrastructure.
  • Achieve higher availability and protect applications from data centre failures by using redundancies across availability zones.

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Build on an enterprise-grade, more secure foundation

Run any workload in the cloud, at the edge or as a hybrid

Orchestrate any type of workload running in the environment of your choice. Whether you want to move .NET applications to Windows Server containers, modernise Java applications in Linux containers or run microservices applications in the public cloud, at the edge or in hybrid environments, Azure has the solution for you.

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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.

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Overview

Easily migrate an application to container(s) and run it within AKS. Control access via integration with Azure Active Directory and access SLA-backed Azure services, such as Azure Database for MySQL, using Open Service Broker for Azure for your data needs.

Flow

  1. 1 Convert your application to container(s) and publish container image(s) to Azure Container Registry.
  2. 2 Using Azure Portal or command line, user deploys containers to AKS cluster.
  3. 3 Use Azure Active Directory to control access to AKS resources.
  4. 4 Easily access SLA-backed Azure services, such as Azure Database for MySQL, using Open Service Broker for Azure.
  5. 5 Optionally, deploy AKS with a VNET virtual network.
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Overview

Use AKS to streamline horizontal scaling, self-healing, load balancing and secret management.

Flow

  1. 1 Use an IDE, such as Visual Studio, to commit changes to GitHub.
  2. 2 GitHub triggers a new build on Azure DevOps
  3. 3 Azure DevOps packages microservices as containers and pushes them to the Azure Container Registry
  4. 4 Containers are deployed to AKS cluster
  5. 5 Azure Active Directory is used to secure access to the resources
  6. 6 Users access services via apps and websites
  7. 7 Administrators access the apps via a separate admin portal
  8. 8 Microservices use databases to store and retrieve information
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Overview

DevOps and Kubernetes are better together. Implementing secure DevOps together with Kubernetes on Azure, you can achieve the balance between speed and security and deliver code faster at scale. Put guardrails around the development processes using CI/CD with dynamic policy controls, and accelerate the feedback loop with constant monitoring. Use Azure Pipelines to deliver fast while ensuring enforcement of critical policies with Azure Policy. Azure provides you with real-time observability for your build and release pipelines, and the ability to apply compliance audit and reconfigurations.

Flow

  1. 1 Rapidly iterate, test and debug different parts of an application together in the same Kubernetes cluster
  2. 2 Code is merged into a GitHub repository, after which automated builds and tests are run by Azure Pipelines
  3. 3 The container image is registered in Azure Container Registry
  4. 4 Kubernetes clusters are provisioned using tools such as Terraform; Helm charts, installed by Terraform, define the desired state of app resources and configurations
  5. 5 Operators enforce policies to govern deployments to the AKS cluster
  6. 6 The release pipeline automatically executes a pre-defined deployment strategy with each code change
  7. 7 Policy enforcement and auditing is added to CI/CD pipeline using Azure Policy
  8. 8 App telemetry, container health monitoring and real-time log analytics are obtained using Azure Monitor
  9. 9 Insights are used to address issues and fed into next sprint plans
Scale with ease using AKS and ACIScale with ease using AKS and ACI