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Microsoft Azure Container Service now generally available

Microsoft's Azure Container Service, which allows developers to orchestrate apps using Apache Mesos or DOcker Swarm, is generally available.
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Written by Mary Jo Foley, Contributor on

Microsoft's Azure Container Service, designed for the deployment and management of containers on Microsoft's cloud, is generally available as of today, April 19.

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Azure Container Service (ACS) allows developers to orchestrate applications using Apache Mesos or Docker Swarm. ACS also enables users to migrate container workloads to and from Azure without code changes, according to Microsoft.

Under the hood, ACS allows users to create, configure and manage a cluster of virtual machines that are prconfigured to run containerized applications.

Microsoft unveiled ACS in September 2015 and made a first public preview of ACS available to testers before the end of last year.

Pricing information for ACS is available on Microsoft's Azure site.

In related news, Microsoft joined the new DC/OS open source project today, April 19. DC/OS is Mesosphere's open-source DC/OS Datacenter Operating System, which can be used for running complex, distributed container applications using Docker or other container formats. Other corporate members of the DC/OS project include Accenture, Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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