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Microsoft to End Support for Azure Container Service in 2020

20 December 2018
Microsoft will retire its Azure Container Service (ACS) on January 31, 2020.

Microsoft will retire its Azure Container Service (ACS) on January 31, 2020, according to a company press release. The news comes as the company pivots away from its proprietary container orchestration platform towards supporting open-source solution Kubernetes.

Beginning January 31, 2020, all ACS APIs will be blocked, the press release stated. Additionally, teams will no longer be able to create new clusters, update, or scale existing clusters using the portal, CLI, or Resource Manager templates. However, they will still be able to list and delete existing clusters using these client tools. In addition, existing clusters and the applications running on them should continue to work, but will no longer be supported by Azure. Teams using the Kubernetes orchestrator within ACS are encouraged to migrate to AKS before the switch-off date.

The company introduced Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for simplifying Kubernetes management, deployment and operations in 2017, effectively making ACS obsolete. The introduction of AKS was part of a concerted push to reach out to the open-source community under the stewardship of current CEO Satya Nadella.

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