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Microsoft Azure adds DevOps and Serverless capabilities to Kubernetes community 

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Microsoft, at KubeCon in Austin, Texas, announced two new open-source projects for serverless containers and Kubernetes-native DevOps, making it easier for developers to do more with Azure and Kubernetes.

Virtual Kubelet and Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA), the new open source projects, are built upon the existing services of Microsoft.

Virtual Kubelet

Virtual Kubelet is a new version of Azure Container Instances (ACI) Connector for Kubernetes, which Microsoft had released in July this year on an experimental basis. It offers the per-second billing model, suited to handle short-term usage fluctuations.

The Virtual Kubelet comes with a pluggable architecture that supports several runtimes. It integrates existing features of Kubernetes connector and enables users to target ACI or any equivalent runtime, empowering developers with serverless containers.

The container hosting company,, is joining in as a contributor to the project.

James Kulina, Chief Operating Officer of said“Hyper is very excited to support the Virtual-Kublet project, as the first outside contributor. Hyper’s vision from the start has been to make deploying and using containers as simple and easy as possible. Now with the Virtual-Kublet project, platforms that support secure container technology, such as our cloud through its use of Kata Containers, will enable seamless multi-cloud container deployment between Kubernetes-based “serverless container” platforms.”

Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA)

OSBA, built using Open Service Broker API, will make it easier for developers to connect their containers to Azure services.

It will enable the developers to access popular Azure services including Azure CosmosDB, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and Azure Blob Storage through Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry.

Additionally, Microsoft also introduced a dashboard and visualization tool for Brigade pipelines, called Kashti. Brigade is a tool that helps developers to quickly perform multiple tasks at a time and execute them in containers.

Kashti will enable developers to easily manage and visualize Brigade projects using a web browser.

Microsoft plans to announce more Kubernetes community projects and partnerships at KubeCon. The Azure powered application with OSBA are now available.


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