Azure refines its container offering even further...
Azure Container Instances (ACI) tool
Recently, Microsoft seems to have really embraced the container format for its Cloud platform with services such as the Azure Container Service and Azure Container Registery, perhaps hinting towards the company being continually more focussed on becoming a container driven Public Cloud platform. With its newest service, Microsoft appears to want to refine the platform by putting emphasis on usability and speed. Head of Product for Azure Compute, Corey Sanders, suggests the service will 'directly expose containers' as there will be no VM management or 'higher-level cluster orchestration' to keep in mind. Simply put, it's a much easier way to get started with the container experience.
The Container Instances tool allows you to access a container in a matter of seconds (Microsoft have said that they will charge on the number of seconds a container is used for, instead of minutes of hours), allowing you to scale on demand. There's also an option to pull container images from Docker Hub or Azure Container Registery, and set a container quickly using only a single command. The Azure platform uses virtualisation to ensure every container stays separate from containers deployed by other businesses.
In addition to this, Microsoft have also released the ACI Connector for Kubernetes which is set as an open-source connector that enables Kubernetes clusters to deploy to Azure Container Instances, adding an extra level of agility.
If you'd like to learn more about ACIs, and how you can start creating containers, take a look at Microsoft's Azure blog here.