Azure Stack – Roadmap for 2018

astackMicrosoft just released their updated Roadmap for Azure Stack this week.  For some of us like myself, there are some very exciting updates coming soon to Azure Stack.  Coming from an infrastructure background I am really looking forward to a few of the improvements coming this year.

 

Azure Stack – Infrastructure

I think for myself, one of the bigger announcements for this year’s roadmap is the ability to build Azure Stack integrated systems with 16 node scale units.   Also, the Ability to incrementally add capacity to Azure Stack and I think the biggest item on the roadmap this year is Azure Stack integrated systems support for multiple scale units.  These three improvements are in my opinion some of the biggest changes coming to Azure Stack and making it even more marketable to our clients.

The following is a list of the coming improvements and new features Azure Stack in 2018:

Managed Kubernetes with Azure Container Service (AKS) on Azure Stack will make it even easier for Azure Stack users to manage and operate Kubernetes environments in the same ways as they do in Azure, without sacrificing portability. This new service features an Azure-hosted control plane, automated upgrades, self-healing, easy scaling, and a simple user experience for both developers and cluster operators. With Container Service, customers get the benefit of open source Kubernetes without complexity and operational overhead. This update applies primarily to Azure Stack users.Get more information about Azure Container Service (AKS).Learn more about Azure Stack roles and responsibilities.

This work in development will bring support for templated Kubernetes clusters. This will simplify deployment and operations for Azure Stack users by allowing them to deploy the template to Azure or Azure Stack, thereby providing a consistent environment in each cloud. This update applies primarily to Azure Stack users.Learn more about Kubernetes on Azure.Azure Resource Manager templates.Get more information about Azure Stack roles and responsibilities.

We’re pleased to share that we’re now supporting containers created by Azure Stack users for both Windows Server and Linux.  Azure Stack customers can get started by downloading the Windows Server for Containers image and the Docker Extension for Linux from the Azure Marketplace. This update applies primarily to Azure Stack users.Learn more about containers on Azure.Get more information about Azure Stack roles and responsibilities.

 

 

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