Docker For Azure Public Beta Now Available

Docker for Azure is now ready for public testing. The company feels that the Docker for Azure is one of the best ways for you to opt so as to setup and maintain a secure as well as scalable Docker deployment on Azure.
With Docker for Azure, IT ops teams will be able to do the following, as per the official blog:
  • Deploy a standard Docker platform to ensure that teams can seamlessly move apps from developer laptops to Dockerized staging and production environments, without risk of incompatibilities or lock-in.

  • Integrate deeply with underlying infrastructure to ensure, Docker takes advantage of the host environment’s native capabilities and exposes a familiar interface to administrators.

  • Deploy the platform to all the places where you want to run Dockerized apps, simply and efficiently

  • Make sure the latest and greatest Docker versions are available for the hardware, OSs, and infrastructure you love, and provide solid upgrade paths from one Docker version to the next.
You can now easily download the latest Docker for Azure beta on the latest Docker Engine betas, here.
The process of installation would take few minutes, and will go on to provide you with the complete functioning swarm, which is ready to deploy as well as scale Dockerized apps.
The company has gone on to unveil the Docker for Azure private beta on stage at DockerCon 2016, in June, and the company goes on to state, that they are really excited to be opening up to beta to the public. Numerous feedbacks from private beta testers has been received, and it has been incorporated as much as possible. The enhancements which are added during the private beta go on to include the following, as per the official blog:
  • All container logs are stored in an Azure storage account for later retrieval and inspection. That means you no longer have to rummage around on hosts to find the error you’re looking for or worry that logs are lost if a worker is replaced.

  • Built-in diagnose tool lets you submit a swarm-wide diagnostic dump to Docker so that we can help diagnose and troubleshoot a misbehaving Docker for Azure swarm.

  • Improved upgrade stability so that you can confidently upgrade your Docker for Azure to the latest version
The company in its official blog states,
“We’re particularly proud of the progress we’ve made on diagnostics and upgradability. These are features that set a true production system apart from simple fire-and-forget templates that just spin up resources without thought for debugging or future upgrades.”