Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Azure Container Instances (ACI)

Microsoft is offering "managed containers" that are simple to use, and could be also managed by Kubernetes and used in many other combinations. This is half-way between VMs and cloud functions, could be quite useful.
Azure Container Instances | Microsoft Azure
"Easily run containers on Azure without managing servers"

This may be the simplest to use  application of ACI:
Azure Linux Web Apps (PaaS) are deployed as managed containers,
and have all integration and auto-scaling and load balancing.
App Service - Web App for Containers | Microsoft Azure

Very informative podcast interview with Microsoft insider:
Container Instances with Gabe Monroy | Software Engineering Daily

Pricing Overview - How Azure pricing works | Microsoft Azure
App Service: from $0.013/h, VM: from $0.011/h.
So managing instances (VMs or containers in VM) including load balancing is $0.002/h
that is 18% difference, from $1.44/month.

Heroku, a part of SalesForce, was always selling only containers
but prices on Azure ware better last time I compared.
Cloud Application Platform | Heroku

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