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As of 31 January 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting its Azure Container Service (ACS). That’s what representatives of the company are reporting today. The intention is to completely replace the Container Service with the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which was introduced in the course of 2017.

Microsoft announces that the support of the Azure Container Service will end on 31 January 2020. From that date, the company will block all APIs related to the ACS. Users will no longer be able to create new clusters. Existing clusters can no longer be updated or scaled up. However, developers can remove existing clusters.

Switching to AKS

The Azure Container Service has been in operation since 2015. In the autumn of 2017, Microsoft decided to supplement this with a Kubernetes service called AKS. At the time, employees of the company stressed that it would continue to offer ACS. However, as early as March 2018, it became clear that the ACP would be discontinued at some point in the future.

Microsoft’s advice for existing ACP users, is that they migrate to AKS or the ask-engine open-source project – provided they use Kubernetes of course. If the developers use ACS with Docker, Microsoft recommends that they use the Basic or Standard/Advanced Docker Enterprise Edition for Azure. Users of ACS with DC/OS are advised to switch to the Mesosphere DC/OS Enterprise or Mesosphere DC/OS Open Source solution.

Last week Microsoft made a public preview available of the AKS virtual nodes. These bring together the container-based computing capacity of Azure Container Instances and the Kubernetes API within AKS. According to Microsoft, the combination makes it possible for developers to bring the benefits of serverless computing to the Kubernetes API.

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