Microsoft Azure is an enormously popular cloud platform developed for large-scale businesses as well as SMEs. On the other hand, Kubernetes is a modern, open-source orchestration methodology used to deploy, manage and scale containerized applications within a production environment.
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) combines these powerful solutions to allow businesses to quickly and easily build fully-managed Kubernetes clusters.
This post will dive deep into the Azure Kubernetes Service, its features, and benefits.
What is Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)?
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is a faster way of using Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure. AKS fully manages your Kubernetes environment, allowing you to quickly and easily deploy containerized applications and manage them, even if you don’t have much container orchestration expertise.
AKS also automates provisioning, scaling, monitoring, and upgrading resources on-demand, with no application downtime. Thus, it enhances team productivity by aiding tedious ongoing maintenance and operations tasks. The most significant advantage AKS offers is that it allows you to create resources and infrastructure within your Azure Kubernetes Cluster instead of in a cloud.
AKS offers serverless Kubernetes to deliver seamless, well-integrated CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) experience and top-notch security. It also promotes DevOps approach by unifying your development and operations teams on a single platform for faster development, scaling, and application deployment.
Benefits of using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Azure Kubernetes Service continues to pose tough competition to Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). It comes with many impressive features to build, manage, scale, and monitor Azure Kubernetes Clusters, which is why loads of Azure users are drawn towards it.
Here are some of the critical benefits AKS provides for Microsoft Azure users:
1. Optimal resource utilization
Fully managed AKS easily deploys and manages containerized applications with efficient provisioning and scaling of resources on-demand. There is no need for complex management of Kubernetes infrastructure.
2. Quick application building
Application developers invest a good amount of time in fixing bugs. AKS considerably decreases the application debugging time as it takes care of automated upgrades, patching, and self-healing to simplify container orchestration for enterprises significantly. Therefore, it also boosts developers’ productivity to focus on other tasks than fixing bugs.
3. Compliance and Security
Modern applications require top-notch security to prevent cyber-attacks. AKS offers excellent enterprise-grade security as it integrates with Azure AD (Active Directory) to provide on-demand access to the users. Such an approach reduces risks and threats involved with accessibility.
Furthermore, AKS complies with the regulatory standards of PCI DSS, HIPAA, ISO, and SOC (System and Organization Controls).
4. Faster CI and CD
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) offers automated building, scaling, monitoring, and upgrading applications, reducing the time for operations and maintenance tasks. This approach leads to faster CI (Continuous Integration) and CD (Continuous Deployment) of containerized applications. Plus, it also allows you to provide additional resources through Serverless Kubernetes in just a few seconds, without the need to manage Kubernetes infrastructure.
Best Features of Azure Kubernetes Service:
Azure Kubernetes Service is a fully-managed service that allows you to quickly run Kubernetes in Azure without the need to manage your Kubernetes clusters. AKS will take care of all the complex management of Kubernetes so that businesses can focus on containerized applications.
1. Speed up application development process
Quickly build, deploy, upgrade, debug and automatically containerize your complex Kubernetes applications.