Azure Kubernetes Services – Beginner’s Introduction

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Introduction To Azure Kubernetes Services

Hello, readers! This article gives us an Introduction to Azure Kubernetes Services with a deeper understanding of the product.

So, let us begin! 🙂


Understanding the Kubernetes Infrastructure – Overview

Containers are lightweight structures that pack all the configurations, libraries needed for the application to run into a single unit and run it. We can easily scale the containers as and when needed to have better flexibility and availability.

But then the users came across an issue with the containers. That is, as the number of containers increases, the management of the same became an issue.

That is when Kubernetes comes into the scenario.

✔ Kubernetes is a container orchestration tool that manages the n number of containers for various applications altogether. It wraps the containers within a Pod and makes it run as a live instance of an application.

Also, it supports horizontal pod autoscaling to add a limit for scaling the application according to the requirement or load.

Public cloud providers provide various kinds of managed Kubernetes services such as Google Kubernetes Engine, Azure Kubernetes Services, etc.

Let us explore more about Azure Kubernetes Services in the upcoming section.


Azure Kubernetes Service – Overview

Azure Kubernetes Service provides an integrated solution for the customers to have managed and multi-tenant Kubernetes solutions for them.

With AKS, we can create a fully-managed Kubernetes cluster with a lot of auto-scalable facilities. Azure Kubernetes Service is an open-source and managed container orchestration service provided by Microsoft Azure public cloud.

It enables us to deploy and scale Docker containers in a single or multi-cluster environment. It guarantees no downtime when it comes to repairing, scaling, and upgrading clusters and their Kubernetes components.


Benefits of having Azure Kubernetes Service for our applications

  1. Fast and Efficient pace of app development – The most time consuming process in th debugging of the application. With AKS, the time to debug an application reduces due to available patching, scaling, auto-repaires, upgrades, etc.
  2. Faster Integration – AKS minimizes the infrastructure maintainence by providing auto-upgrades, mnitoring with Log Anayltics, etc. With this the time for application integration with other Azure resources decreases.
  3. Secure way to host application – Azure Kubernetes Services provides security and compliance through integration to Azure Active Directory that enables us reduce the risk and threat to intrude an application.
  4. Scaling of Resources – With AKS we have auto scaling enabled that lets us scale up the resources of the containerized apps as well as the nodes according to the load.

Use cases for Azure Kubernetes Service

  1. Migration of applications from on-prem to cloud through Azure Kubernetes Services. We can have our existing apps being migrated to Azure Kubernetes Service and integrate it to the Azure services such as Azure SQL PAAS DB, Role based access control, Azure Active Directory, Single Sign On, etc.
  2. Integrating Kubernetes with DevOps – With AKS, we can integrate the services of Kubernetes as well as Devops by building the pipeline in the CI/CD format

Conclusion

By this, we have approached the end of this topic. Feel free to comment below, in case you come across any questions.

For more such posts related to Kubernetes, Stay tuned with us.

Till then, Happy Learning! 🙂

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