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Pre-KubeCon EU workshops on Kubernetes dev tooling 

The Upstream Azure Container Compute Team is headed to Barcelona in a few weeks for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2019! Join us the day before the conference starts for FREE open source dev tooling workshops at the Hotel Porta Fira (right by the conference venue) on Monday, May 20th. Get hands-on learning on our open...

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Announcing KEDA: bringing event-driven containers and functions to Kubernetes 

Event-driven architectures are a natural evolution of microservices, enabling a flexible and decoupled design, and are increasingly being adopted by enterprise customers. Fully managed serverless offerings like Azure Functions are event–driven by design, but we have been hearing from customers about gaps in these capabilities for solutions based on Kubernetes. Scaling in Kubernetes is reactive, based on the CPU and memory consumption of a container. In contrast, services like Azure Functions are acutely...

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Adding automated performance quality gates using Keptn Pitometer 

This blog dives into monitoring-as-code and adding automated performance quality gates into your software delivery pipelines. We’ll walk through examples using a web microservice app and an Azure function app that we developed as open source services that help you qualify the overall performance and quality of applications. Both services utilize the Keptn Pitometer open...

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Brigade tutorial: Instant scaling on demand with serverless Kubernetes 

Microservices built on Kubernetes are fast becoming one of the core scenarios where computing is done, and Kubernetes development and operations skills are therefore becoming a larger part of any cloud-native toolset. This article shows how to use Brigade, along with other tools from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), to build a Kubernetes-native application...

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Announcing Brigade 1.0: Build a new kind of distributed application 

Brendan Burns, one of the creators of Kubernetes (and the head of Azure Container Computing at Microsoft) often quips that, “Distributed computing is the new CS 101.” Instead of being considered an advanced topic in computer science, distributed computing is now a core requirement. It is with this in mind that we built Brigade, which...

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Windows containers now supported in Kubernetes 

With the release of Kubernetes v1.14 today, Windows Server node support has officially graduated from beta to stable! This support enables developers and operators with Windows Server based applications to containerize them and benefit not only from the power of Kubernetes, but also the robust ecosystem surrounding it. The engineering that supported this release relied...

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Improved discovery experience for Microsoft containers on Docker Hub 

Continuing with our approach to delivering a consistent and trustworthy acquisition experience for Microsoft container images, we are pleased to announce updates for the Microsoft Container Registry (MCR). In partnership with Docker, Microsoft has sought to improve the developer experience and servicing of container images while maintaining the current discovery and acquisition process via Docker...

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What is a service mesh anyways? 

The service mesh may sound complex, but at its heart, it’s a very simple idea: a set of network proxies that transparently run alongside microservices, implementing reliability, observability, and security features by measuring and manipulating inter-service (“east-west”) traffic. Led by open source projects such as Linkerd, the service mesh model is increasingly popular because it...

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Phippy and friends join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation 

We’re so excited to share that Phippy is headed to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)! Microsoft has donated Phippy and friends, along with our original book The Illustrated Children Guide to Kubernetes, to CNCF! What does this mean? It means that the characters you know and love are now free to use as you...

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