Az104 — AKS Kubernetes

· Kubernetes is a portable, extensible open-source platform for automating deployment, scaling, and the management of containerized workloads.

· Kubernetes abstracts away complex container management and provides us with declarative configuration to orchestrate containers in different compute environments.

· This orchestration platform gives us the same ease of use and flexibility as with Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings

· Kubernetes doesn’t provide middleware, data-processing frameworks, databases, caches, nor cluster storage systems.

· All these items are run as containers or as part of another service offering.

· A Kubernetes deployment is configured as a cluster.

· A cluster consists of at least one master machine and one or more workers machines.

· You either use the Azure portal or Azure CLI.

· Both options require you to configure basic information about the cluster.

o The Kubernetes cluster name

o The version of Kubernetes to install

o A DNS prefix to make the master node publicly accessible

o The initial node pool size, default to two nodes , with three recommended

· AKS also supports all the popular development and management tools such as Helm, Draft, Kubernetes extension for Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Kubernetes Tools.

· Each of these features can be a compelling factor in your decision to use AKS.


Identity and security management

Do you already use existing Azure resources and make use of Azure AD? You can configure an AKS cluster to integrate with Azure AD and reuse existing identities and group membership.

Integrated logging and monitoring

AKS includes Azure Monitor for containers to provide performance visibility of the cluster. With a custom Kubernetes installation, you normally decided on a monitoring solution that requires installation and configuration.

Auto Cluster node and pod scaling

Deciding when to scale up or down in large containerization environment is tricky. AKS supports two auto cluster scaling options. You can use either the horizontal pod autoscaler or the cluster autoscaler to scale the cluster. The horizontal pod autoscaler watches the resource demand of pods and will increase pods to match demand. The cluster autoscaler component watches for pods that can’t be scheduled because of node constraints. It will automatically scale cluster nodes to deploy scheduled pods.

Cluster node upgrades

Do you want to reduce the number of cluster management tasks? AKS manages Kubernetes software upgrades and the process of cordoning off nodes and draining them to minimize disruption to running applications. Once done, these nodes are upgraded one by one.

GPU enabled nodes

Do you have compute-intensive or graphic-intensive workloads? AKS supports GPU enabled node pools.

Storage volume support

Is your application stateful, and does it require persisted storage? AKS supports both static and dynamic storage volumes. Pods can attach and reattach to these storage volumes as they’re created or rescheduled on different nodes.

Virtual network support

Do you need pod to pod network communication or access to on-premise networks from your AKS cluster? An AKS cluster can be deployed into an existing virtual network with ease.

Ingress with HTTP application routing support

Do you need to make your deployed applications publicly available? The HTTP application routing add-on makes it easy to access AKS cluster deployed applications.

Docker image support

Do you already use Docker images for your containers? AKS by default supports the Docker file image format.

Private container registry

Do you need a private container registry? AKS integrates with Azure Container Registry (ACR). You aren’t limited to ACR though, you can use other container repositories, public, or private.



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