In today’s cloud-first world, businesses increasingly rely on applications to fuel innovation and productivity. We are seeing more and more technologies that are specifically designed for the cloud to take advantage of the associated flexibility and scalability it allows. Containers are emerging as an attractive way for developers to quickly and efficiently build and deploy these “born in the cloud” applications.

This week, Microsoft announced the Azure Container Service preview to help customers deploy and manage containers using their favorite tools. Azure Container Service optimizes the configuration of popular open source tools and technologies specifically for Azure, delivering an open solution that offers portability for both your containers and your application configuration. You select the size, the number of hosts, and choice of orchestrator tools, and Container Service handles everything else.

“Azure Container Service builds on our work with Docker and Mesosphere to provision clusters of Azure Virtual Machines onto which containerized applications can be deployed, orchestrated, and managed,” wrote Corey Sanders, Azure Director of Program Management. “Azure’s approach is unique among cloud providers, combining the flexibility to choose among open source technologies with the power, governance, and convenience offered by Azure technologies such as Azure Resource Manager and Virtual Machine Scale Sets.”

Learn more about this week’s news on the Azure blog or try the Azure Container Service today!