Welcome to KubeCon EU 2020, the digital version. Whereas we gained’t be capable of see one another in individual at KubeCon EU this 12 months, we’re excited that this new digital format of KubeCon will make the convention extra accessible than ever, with extra individuals from the superb Kubernetes neighborhood capable of be part of and take part from around the globe with out leaving their properties.

With all the things that has been occurring, the final 12 months has been an up and down expertise, however by means of all of it I’m extremely happy with the main target and dedication from the Azure Kubernetes staff. They’ve continued to iterate and enhance our Kubernetes on Azure that gives enterprise-grade expertise for our prospects.

Kubernetes on Azure (and certainly anyplace) delivers an open and transportable ecosystem for cloud-native growth. Along with this core promise, we additionally ship a singular enterprise-grade expertise that ensures the reliability and safety your workloads demand, whereas additionally enabling the agility and effectivity that enterprise right now needs. You possibly can securely deploy any workload to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to drive cost-savings at scale throughout your small business. As we speak, we’ll let you know about much more capabilities that may make it easier to alongside in your cloud-native journey to Kubernetes on Azure.

Enhancing latency and operational effectivity

One of many key drivers of cloud adoption is decreasing latency. It was that it took days to get bodily computer systems and set them up in a cluster. As we speak, you’ll be able to deploy a Kubernetes cluster on Azure in lower than 5 minutes. These enhancements profit the agility of our prospects. For purchasers who wish to scale and provision sooner, we’re saying a preview of ephemeral OS disk help which makes responding to new compute calls for in your cluster even sooner.

Latency isn’t simply in regards to the size of time to create a cluster. It’s additionally about how briskly you’ll be able to detect and reply to operational issues. To assist enterprises enhance their operational effectivity, we’re saying preview integration with Azure Useful resource Well being which may warn you in case your cluster is unhealthy for any motive. We’re additionally saying the final availability of node picture updates which let you improve the underlying working system to answer bugs or vulnerabilities in your cluster whereas staying on the identical Kubernetes model for stability.

Lastly, although Kubernetes has at all times enabled enterprises to drive value financial savings by means of containerization, the brand new financial realities of the world throughout a pandemic imply that reaching value effectivity for your small business is extra necessary than ever. We’ve bought a fantastic train that may make it easier to discover ways to optimize your costs using containers and the Azure Kubernetes Service.

Safe by design with Kubernetes on Azure

One of many key pillars of any enterprise computing platform is safety. With market-leading options like coverage integration and Azure Energetic Listing id for Pods and cloud-native safety have at all times been an necessary a part of the Azure Kubernetes Service. I’m enthusiastic about some new options we’ve added not too long ago to additional improve the safety of your workloads working on Kubernetes.

Although Kubernetes has built-in help for secrets and techniques, most enterprise environments require a safer and extra compliant implementation. Within the Azure Kubernetes Service, being enterprise-grade means offering integration between Azure Key Vault and the Azure Kubernetes service. Utilizing Key Vault with Kubernetes lets you securely retailer your credentials, certificates, and different secrets and techniques in state-of-the-art, compliant secret retailer, and simply use them along with your functions in an Azure Kubernetes cluster.

It’s much more thrilling that this integration is constructed on the again of an open Container Storage Interface (CSI) driver that the Azure staff constructed and open sourced for all the Kubernetes neighborhood. Giving again to open supply is a crucial a part of what it means to be a neighborhood steward, and it was thrilling to see our method get validated because it was picked up and utilized by the HashiCorp Vault staff for his or her secrets and techniques integration. Our open supply staff has been arduous at work on enhancing many different elements of the safety ecosystem. We’ve enhanced the CSI driver for Home windows, and labored on cgroups v2 and containerd. If you wish to be taught extra about find out how to safe your cloud-native workloads and guarantee that your enterprise is following Microsoft’s finest practices, take a look at our guide to Kubernetes best practices. They may educate you find out how to combine firewalls, coverage, and extra to make sure you have each safety and agility in your cloud-native growth.

Subsequent steps and KubeCon EU

I hope that you’ve an superior KubeCon EU. As you undergo the convention and be taught extra about Kubernetes, you can even learn more about Kubernetes on Azure with the entire nice data on-line and in our digital sales space. If you happen to’re new to KubeCon and Kubernetes and questioning how one can undertake Kubernetes for workloads from hobbyist to enterprise, we’ve bought a fantastic Kubernetes adoption guide for you.

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