Microsoft to work with Google on Kubernetes container-management platform

Microsoft is backing the Google-developed and now open-sourced Kubernetes container management effort.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Just a month after announcing plans to beef up support for deploying Docker on Azure Virtual Machines, Microsoft is planning to work with Google on evolving the Kubernetes Docker container-management platform.


Google packages and runs Search, Gmail and its other products/services in a way so they can run in Linux containers in their data centers, officials said. The company developed Kubernetes to help schedule/manage Docker containers. Kubernetes was originally built on top of Google Compute Engine.

But in June, Google decided to release Kubernetes as an open-source GitHub project.

This week, Kubernetes got a number of new backers beyond Google, including Red Hat, IBM, CoreOS and as of this week, Microsoft. Microsoft plans to enable Kubernetes capabilities on top of Azure Linux virtual machines, allowing developers who want to use Linux containers and manage them using Kubernetes to use Azure.

Microsoft officials also announced this week support for Docker’s libswarm project, which "offers imperative management on Docker, so that libswarm will natively support Azure in enabling deployment of containers on Azure Virtual Machines," according to a July 10 Microsoft blog post.

Docker is an open-source engine that automates application deployment. It's a platform for developers and systems administrators who want to configure and deploy distributed apps more easily.

For those wondering about the origin of the Kubernetes name, Kubernetes is Greek for “helmsman” of a ship, according to Google.

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