Container-Related Services in Azure
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This course is designed to give you a solid understanding of containers and how they are used in Azure DevOps. It begins by looking at creating deployable images through Docker containers, microservices, and at the various container-related services available in Azure, including Azure Container Instances, the Azure Kubernetes Service, the Azure Container Registry, Azure Service Fabric, and Azure App Service.

The course also looks at Dockerfile and Docker multi-stage builds before finishing with a hands-on demonstration that shows you how to create an Azure Container Registry.

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn about Docker and its role in deploying containerized apps
  • Understand how microservices can be used for deploying apps
  • Learn about the container-related services available in Azure
  • Learn about using multi-stage builds when working with Docker
  • Gain a practical understanding of how to create an Azure Container Registry
  • Gain a practical understanding of how to add Docker support to an application

Intended Audience

This course is intended for DevOps professionals who wish to learn how to use containers to design and implement strategies for developing application code and infrastructure that allow for continuous integration, testing, delivery, monitoring, and feedback.


To get the most from this course, you should have a basic understanding of the Azure platform and of container concepts.


Hi there. Welcome to “Container-Related Services in Azure”. In this lecture, we’ll take a quick 30,000 foot view of each of the container-related services that are available in Microsoft Azure. We’ll look at Azure Container Instances, the Azure Kubernetes Service, the Azure Container Registry, Azure Service Fabric, and Azure App Service.

Let’s start with Azure Container Instances.

When you run workloads in Azure Container Instances, you can focus on app development and deployment instead of the deployment and management of the underlying infrastructure that’s necessary to run those apps.

While Azure Container Instances are easy to deploy, the main advantage of using them is the security that the hypervisor isolation that they provide for each container group. With this type of isolation available, you can be sure that your organization’s containers aren’t sharing their OS kernel with other containers.

You can read more about Azure Container Instances by visiting the URL that you see on your screen:

The Azure Kubernetes Service started out as Azure Container Services, or ACS. It originally supported Docker Swarm and Mesos/Mesosphere DC/OS for orchestration management. However, when Kubernetes support was added, it became so popular that Microsoft eventually renamed the Azure Container Service to the Azure Kubernetes Service, or AKS.

At this point, Kubernetes is really the standard for container orchestration. Using the Azure Kubernetes Service, you can not only deploy and manage Kubernetes, but you can also scale and run your applications in a secure environment.

To learn more about the Azure Kubernetes Service, visit the URL that you see on your screen:

The Azure Container Registry is another container-centric service offering available in Azure. It allows you to store and manage your container images in a central registry, which is integrated with several other Azure services, including the App Service, Batch, and Service Fabric, among others. 

Azure Container Registry supports many types of container deployments, including DC/OS, Docker Swarm, and Kubernetes. Because of the broad support that Azure Container Registry offers, you can manage the configuration of your applications without being locked into the configuration of the target hosting environment. 

To read more about the Azure Container Registry, visit the URL that you see on your screen:

Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that allows you to build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps. The service makes it easier to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices and containers. It can also host and orchestrate containers.

By leveraging Azure Service Fabric, you can avoid infrastructure problems and focus solely on the deployment of mission-critical workloads that are not only reliable, but also scalable. 

For more details on the Azure Service Fabric, visit the URL that you see on your screen:

Azure Web Apps is an Azure offering that provides you with a managed service for both Windows-based and Linux-based web applications. This service allows you to deploy and run containerized apps for both platforms and it also offers auto-scaling and load balancing options. You can even integrate with Azure DevOps.

To read more about the Azure App Service, visit the URL that you see on your screen:

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.