Let's Look At Azure Container🧜‍♂️

Prerequisite Knowledge

Before we start with the understanding of Microsoft Container, we should have:


In this article we will explore  Microsoft Azure Container and its services. Before we look into it, let’s understand some things:
  • For large organizations, it would be difficult to manage several applications with lots of servers and operating systems.
  • Creating and managing the infrastructure would be a difficult and lengthy process.
  • Container is running applications on the shared operating system using operating system virtualization without the need of a virtual machine.
  • Machine virtualization is like Hyper-V which has a partition of each operating system.
  • Containers take a single operating system installation and simulate lots of operating system installations.
  • All containers can share the same operating system with its own configuration and patches.
  • With the help of docker we can easily manage it with container services.
  • It helps developers to quickly deploy the new services with new versions to containers.
  • Important: Difference in virtual machine and container

    • Virtual Machine
      Virtual machine requires separate operating system and is not shared.

    • Container
      Container shares the same host's operating system.

Introduction of Microsoft Azure Container

  • Azure has the capability of abstracting the applications from the environment and infrastructure with the help of containers.
  • It simplifies the way to deploy the applications, way of system administrator to mange the environments which enables the portability between platforms and clouds.
  • Azure containers are built using image repository.
  • Each container holds the required components to run the software like environment variables, library, files etc.
  • The container where it is hosted can not access all the physical resources like CPU, storage and memory.
  • We can host multiple container instances on same machine which will share the same operating system with their own configuration.
  • Development team can download the image (can be executable or service) and can host to the container and deploy the container instance instantly.
  • The applications which are hosted using container method are called as containerized applications.
  • Containers have high portability, because each image includes the dependencies needed to execute the code in a container.
  • Containers are best for portability. We can move the applications that share the same host's operating system.
  • It has a great ability to host many containers that share a single operating system.
  • Container can be best suited for microservice applications where each service is isolated and operates on the same operating system.
  • We can have operating systems like Linux or windows and on top of this we can host the container.
  • Container Solutions,

    • Azure Container Instance

      • It is a serverless way of doing the containers which don’t require the virtual machine or container orchestrators like Kubernetes or DC/OS.
      • Azure container instance can start in seconds.
      • Microsoft bills per seconds of usage and it is the cheapest way for container.
      • We don’t worry about VM management, we only think about the code in a container and run in the cloud.
      • It is offering role-based access security for permission management in the container instance.

    • Azure Container Service

      • This is the service that can scale out the containers.
      • It has clusters of VM’s to host the containers.
      • It is best for simplified configurations of proven open source container orchestration technology, Linux-based containers, optimized to run in the cloud

    • Service Fabric

      • Containers can use the service fabric and is a scale-set cluster of virtual machines

  • We can use the docker command line to manage the containers but it's not recommended for large scale management.
  • For large scale management we need to utilize the orchestration solution.
Reference Links
  • https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/product-categories/containers/
  • https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/announcing-azure-container-instances/
  • https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/azure-container-service-is-now-generally-available/


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