Microsoft continued its support for the Kubernetes open source project today, with the unveiling of several enhancements to systems that are designed to make it easier for developers to connect that system with the tech titan’s Azure cloud platform.
Kubernetes is an open source system initially released by Google that’s designed to help manage the complexity of creating and operating applications that are composed of multiple software containers.
First off, Microsoft open-sourced the Virtual Kubelet, which is designed to let customers connect their Kubernetes clusters to Azure Container Instances, a form of infrastructure designed to power container apps without requiring developers to tackle the provisioning of virtual machines.
Corey Sanders, Microsoft’s head of product for Azure Compute, said in an interview with VentureBeat that the Virtual Kubelet is designed to work with not just Azure Container Instances, but also other cloud systems that provide similar capabilities. For example, Hyper.sh, a New York-based startup that offers per-second billing and serverless container deployment, is using the Virtual Kubelet to let their customers connect the popular container management system to that platform.
But Sanders’ comments are also a clear nod to Amazon Web Services, which announced its own serverless container system last week at its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. At that time, AWS CEO Andy Jassy said that the company would work with the Kubernetes community to build the correct infrastructure. It’s unclear if the Virtual Kubelet will meet those needs, or if AWS will opt to…