Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS): A 5 Pointer Informative Guide


Azure Kubernetes Service is rapidly becoming regular for managing cloud-native applications with its modern-day approach in a productive environment. It has brought a remedy for the people to make completely Kubernetes clusters faster and smoothly. AKS is a fully managed container orchestration service that is open-source and is available on the public cloud of Microsoft Azure. One can use Azure Kubernetes for deploying, scaling and managing Docker container and container-based applications across a cluster of container hosts as per requirement without any downtime. One good attribute of Azure Kubernetes is that one does not require deep knowledge or expertise in container orchestration for managing AKS. It is an apt platform for developers to create their modern apps.

  1. AKS features and benefits
  2. AKS use cases
  3. AKS security, monitoring and compliance
  4. AKS vs ACS
  5. AKS availability and costs

1. AKS features and benefits

  1. Azure Kubernetes helps in auto-upgradation, monitoring, scaling and reduced maintenance of infrastructure for faster development and infrastructure of resources. It also helps in computing additional resources without the tension of managing the infrastructure.
  2. Computer systems and applications ought to be secured and free from bugs. This is the first basic understanding of modern applications. Azure Kubernetes has integration with various service provides for on-demand access to the customers for minimizing the threats and risks.
  3. Azure Kubernetes aids in quicker development of applications by reducing the time on bug-fixation and focuses on other aspects like handling the patches, auto-upgradation, self-healing and container orchestration simplification leading to more productivity as the focus of the work shifts to crucial areas and hence saves a lot of time.
  4. Azure Kubernetes gives easy deployment and management of containerized applications with additional applications for effective utilization of resources.
  5. Azure Kubernetes is a flexible, automated and reduced management overhead for its developers and administrators and results in easy deployment and handling a wide range of other tasks.
  6. Regular updates and versions are available, and users can decide on their motion if they want to upgrade or not without reducing the possibility of work overload and disruption.
  7. It also has the functionality for upscale and downscale for accommodating fluctuations and motions.

2. AKS use cases

  1. Azure Kubernetes has limited scope as it is primarily used for container-based application deployment and management. However, there is numerous use of that service within its limited scope as well. One example would be that a company could use it for automation and streamlining the migration of applications into containers, its registration and launching in the environment.
  2. It can also aid in managing, scaling and deploying a group of containers for launching and operating microservice-based applications.
  3. It can also aid in software development paradigms in areas such as continuous development/ delivery and integration.
  4. It is used quite often by the IT operation staff and software developers for efficient allocation and management of resources.
  5. It also has the concept of the Internet of Things(IoT) for computing resources for data processing and computation of large data tasks.

3. AKS security, monitoring and compliance

AKS aids an administrator in tailoring Kubernetes access to AD identity and group associations through Active Directory. It can help the users and administrators for monitoring the container health using the metrics gathered from containers, Kubernetes nodes and infrastructure points. The container logs are also stored and collected for better analysis and finding out the bugs and viruses. The management portal also gives the facility for monitoring the data. Regulatory requirement is also maintained by the AKS.

4. AKS vs ACS

ACS was used initially prior to the release of AKS. ACS was used for supporting a number of open-source orchestration platforms, while AKS is specifically used for Kubernetes. However, ACS users who have more to do with Kubernetes can easily migrate from ACS to AKS. There lie differences that may be necessary for migration, like AKS, needs managed disks, and hence relevant conversion must be needed prior to migrating. In a similar manner, data storage can also be changed for managing AKS. Also, the developers should carry out detailed due diligence for any time or data loss when the migration might happen.

5. AKS availability and costs

AKS is a free service by Azure. However, the developers are billed for the management, storage and computation of resources that are consumed by the containers for running the application. It is currently available in parts of Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia, UK and it expanding in other regions as well.


With the increase in technological development, businesses are constantly moving to better offerings like a cloud for building and managing modern and cloud applications. Azure Kubernetes is an ideal remedy for the same since it is open-sourced; it can be used for building support and orchestration for deploying and managing the applications in seconds. It is a cost-effective solution for the management of resources without the pain of managing additional servers, smooth migration and removes complexities of the workload to a computerized environment.

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