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April 2024

Apr 2

Generally Available: AKS cost views

NOW AVAILABLE

The Kubernetes clusters and Kubernetes namespaces cost views are now generally available in Cost analysis within Azure portal. You can view the aggregated costs for all your AKS clusters and namespaces across a subscription and drill down into infrastructure and namespaces costs of a cluster.

  • Microsoft Cost Management
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Management

March 2024

Mar 29

Retirement notice: Windows Server 2022 will retire with k8s 1.34 in March 2027

Target retirement date: March 15, 2027

Windows Server 2022 will be retired on 15 March 2027

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Retirements
Mar 25

Preview: New Features in Azure Container Storage

IN PREVIEW

Azure Container Storage is a fully managed volume orchestration service built natively for containers. New capabilities include support for Temp SSD, simplified installation via AKS CLI, and scalable storage for cost-efficient workload management.

  • Azure Container Storage
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Mar 19

Microsoft open sources Retina: A cloud-native container networking observability platform

NOW AVAILABLE

The Microsoft's Azure Container Networking team is announcing Retina, a cloud-native container networking observability platform that enables Kubernetes users, admins, and developers to visualize, observe, debug, and analyze Kubernetes’ workload traffic irrespective of Container Network Interface (CNI), operating system (OS), and cloud.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Network Watcher
  • Services
  • Features
  • Open Source
Mar 18

Public preview: Kubernetes AI Toolchain Operator (KAITO) add-on for AKS

IN PREVIEW

You can now choose from preset LLMs with images hosted by AKS and split inferencing across multiple lower-GPU count VMs

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Mar 18

Open-Source Fleet Workload Placement Scheduling and Override

NOW AVAILABLE

You can now schedule workloads in Fleet based on cost and availability of resource heuristics.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Open Source
Mar 18

Generally Available: Cost analysis add-on for AKS

NOW AVAILABLE

You can now better understand the infra costs associated with running applications at the namespace and cluster levels and identify opportunities to optimize resource utilization through an Azure native experience.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Mar 18

Public preview: Windows GPU support in AKS

IN PREVIEW

You can now run GPU workloads, such as machine learning, video encoding, large simulations, and gaming, on Windows nodepools in AKS.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Mar 18

Generally Available: Kubernetes 1.29 support in AKS

NOW AVAILABLE

You can now take advantage of Kubernetes 1.29 version with AKS in production environment.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Mar 18

Public preview: Deployment safeguards in AKS

You can now use deployment safeguards to implement Kubernetes best practices and get warnings on deployment or deny the deployment of manifest files that are not following best practices.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Mar 18

Public preview: Trusted launch support in AKS

IN PREVIEW

Administrators can now deploy AKS nodes with verified and signed bootloaders, OS kernels, and drivers.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Security
  • Features
Mar 18

Generally Available: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) support for 5K Node limit by default for standard tier clusters

NOW AVAILABLE

You can now scale your AKS cluster to larger than 1000 nodes without having to request any special limit increases or whitelisting.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features

February 2024

Feb 28

Public preview: Kubernetes 1.29 support in AKS

IN PREVIEW

You can now try out Kubernetes 1.29 preview version with AKS and get ready for Kubernetes 1.29 GA in your production environment.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Feb 28

Generally Available: AKS support for node soak duration for upgrades

NOW AVAILABLE

You can now stagger AKS node upgrades and minimize application downtime.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Feb 28

GA: Istio-based service mesh add-on for Azure Kubernetes Service

NOW AVAILABLE

You can deploy an officially supported Istio addon for AKS

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Feb 27

General availability: Application Gateway for Containers

NOW AVAILABLE

Application Gateway for Containers is the next evolution to Application Gateway's Ingress Controller; bringing performance, scale, deployment, and feature enhancements.

  • Application Gateway for Containers
  • Application Gateway
  • Security
  • Features
Feb 20

Public Preview: Regional Disaster Recovery by Azure Backup for AKS

IN PREVIEW

Customers can now utilize Azure Backup for AKS to recover their containerized applications and data during a regional disaster scenario.

  • Azure Backup
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features
Feb 12

Public preview: AKS cluster control plane metrics in managed Prometheus

IN PREVIEW

You can now monitor the health, load and performance of the API server and etcd in the control plane of your AKS clusters

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Azure Monitor
  • Features
Feb 1

Generally Available: Azure Stack HCI latest feature release

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q1 2024

Azure Stack HCI is the Microsoft Azure Arc-enabled infrastructure. Now, customers who have an Azure Stack HCI subscription can download the latest feature release for their infrastructure. This new Azure Stack HCI release is the version of the product required to run Azure Virtual Desktop on- prem which is also now in GA and called Azure Virtual Desktop for Azure Stack HCI. This is an exciting development as the public preview of this product is in high demand specifically in Healthcare and Financial Services. 

  • Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Services
  • Operating System
  • Features

January 2024

Jan 31

Public preview: Istio add-on for AKS now supports plug-in certificate authority (CA)

IN PREVIEW

You can now bring your own certificates and keys to use with Istio add-on for signing workload certificates for improved security.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Features

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