Microsoft sure likes the January month for retirements. The cloud giant has chosen January 2020 for end of support of the Azure Container Service, with Kubernetes chosen as the way forward.
Azure Kubernetes Service, to be exact.
This shift from ACS to AKS was revealed by the company, who further explained that it took this decision because of the success that Kubernetes has achieved in a short amount of time.
It was in the fall of 2017 that Redmond introduced the Azure Kubernetes Service on its platform. The original, Azure Container Service, was actually launched a couple of years earlier, in 2015. However, the company was quick to assure last year that they planned to continue to offer ACS to Azure users.
However, that all change in March 2018, where Microsoft confirmed that they would be deprecating ACS at some point in time.
Without providing a specific date.
Well, that date has now been provided, with company officials revealing that ACS will no longer be supported as of January 31, 2020. Beginning that date, all ACS application programming interfaces will be blocked, while users will not be able to create new clusters, update or scale existing one.
They will, obviously, be able to list and delete existing clusters.
Microsoft recommends existing ACS users to migrate to AKS or the ask-engine open source project if they use Kubernetes. For users that have deployed ACS with Docker are suggested to move to the Basic or Standard/Advanced Docker Enterprise Edition for Azure solution template.
Long story short, the age of Azure Container Service was short lived.
We live in the Kubernetes era now.