Microsoft Gains DevOps Momentum

Microsoft, at its recent Microsoft Build 2019 conference, launched a series of efforts intended to make it easier for organizations to embrace best DevOps practices, including making it possible to address both continuous integration and continuous delivery within the same YAML file using Azure Pipelines.

Microsoft also announced it will extend Azure Pipelines to provide tighter integration between GitHub, which Microsoft acquired last year, and Kubernetes. Via that integration, Azure Pipelines can be used to automate everything from creating container images and packaging them as Helm charts to generating Kubernetes deployment artifacts and then deploying the workload.

Continuing that Kubernetes theme, Microsoft also is launching the Kubernetes-based Event Driven Autoscaling (KEDA) project, which makes it possible to run Azure functions on top of Kubernetes clusters. Developed in collaboration with Red Hat, KEDA is available in developer preview for the Red Hat OpenShift platform based on Kubernetes.

In addition, Microsoft has extended the Azure IoT Edge runtime to Kubernetes to enable internet of things (IoT) applications to be deployed on Kubernetes and Azure SQL DB Edge, which is packaged as a container and makes it possible to deploy a database on ARM or x86 systems deployed at the network edge.

Also during the conference, Microsoft launched MLOps, which applies DevOps principles to deploying artificial intelligence (AI) models using the GitOps workflow; Azure SQL Database Serverless, which allows organizations to consume a database service on a per-second billing basis on the Azure cloud; and, a framework for building AI models.