Tag: AKS Hybrid

Ignite 2022 Azure Hybrid Cloud announcements recap

Livestream: Ignite 2022 Azure Hybrid Cloud announcements recap

Last week at Microsoft Ignite 2022 we had a huge amount of Azure Hybrid Cloud announcements. Today, Lior Kamrat (Principal Program Manager Arc Platform at Microsoft) and Thomas Maurer (Senior PM & Chief Evangelist Azure Hybrid) will host a livestream on October 19, where you can learn about the latest Azure hybrid cloud news announcements from Microsoft Ignite.

If you can’t wait for the latest news, make sure you check out my blog posts on the new AKS Hybrid deployment options and AKS Lite, as well was my post on Azure Automanage for Azure Arc-enabled Servers, which is now generally available.

Join the Azure Hybrid Ignite 2022 recap livestream with Lior Kamrat and Thomas Maurer to learn about the latest Azure hybrid

Join us on the YouTube Livestream

If you are interested, join us on October 19 online. I am really looking forward to chatting with you in the Livestream about the latest Microsoft Azure Hybrid news from Microsoft Build. You can find the live stream here on YouTube.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Manage your AKS on Windows Server cluster from the Azure Portal using Azure Arc

New AKS hybrid deployment options enabled by Azure Arc, AKS Lite and Hybrid Benefit

This week at Microsoft Ignite Microsoft announced some new features and improvements to the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) hybrid deployment options enabled by Azure Arc. This allows you to run the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) you know as a managed Kubernetes on Azure, in a hybrid cloud environment on-premises, and edge locations. These include AKS Lite, new lifecycle management for AKS hybrid clusters, and the Azure Hybrid Benefit for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

Azure Arc enabled AKS Hybrid at Microsoft Ignite
Azure Arc enabled AKS Hybrid at Microsoft Ignite

AKS Lite

AKS Lite allows you to deploy AKS as a light weight, static Kubernetes platform that enables rapid innovation and application modernization at the edge on Windows devices. AKS lite is designed PC-class devices running Windows 10/11 IoT Enterprise, Windows 10/11 Pro or Windows Server. AKS Lite is Microsoft-managed light-weight Kubernetes distribution, which can run both Linux and Windows containers, and coupled with Azure Arc customers can manage their edge Kubernetes cluster from Azure. You can learn more about AKS Lite here.

Lifecycle management of AKS hybrid clusters using Azure

With the new preview feature you can now directly deploy and manage AKS hybrid clusters running on Azure Stack HCI or Windows Server directly via Azure Portal or Azure CLI. This means you can also use Azure Resource Manager (ARM) or Bicep templates. This will provide a great management experience similar to the one for AKS in Azure. You can learn more about the AKS hybrid lifecycle management here.

Azure Hybrid Benefit for Azure Kubernetes Service

Microsoft Azure already offers great Azure Hybrid Benefits if you already own Windows Server and SQL Server licenses. With the Azure Hybrid Benefit for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and your existing Windows Server Datacenter and Standard Software Assurance (SA) and Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) licenses you can run AKS on Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI at no additional cost in your datacenter and edge locations.

In addition to this, Windows Server Datacenter SA customers can now use Azure Stack HCI at no additional cost.

Learn more about these announcements on the official Tech Community blog.

If you are interested to get a sneak of some AKS hybrid deployment options, check out my video here (this doesn’t include the new lifecycle management)