Azure Container Instances (ACI) – which helps developers quickly build apps without managing virtual machines – now supports Windows Server 2019-based containers. This update is currently in public preview.
Effective March 1st 2019, Azure Container Instances pricing per vCPU per second has been reduced by about 15%, and pricing per GB of memory per second by about 70%. Depending on the region you are in and the ratio of CPU to memory that you’re allocating for your containers, you could see an overall price reduction of anywhere between 35% and 50%.
The following updates were made to the Azure portal in January 2019:
New Azure portal home page
Shared time range for tiles on dashboards
Azure Container Instances
New start functionality
Azure Container Instances (ACI) allows developers to easily run containers on Azure without managing servers. Developers can choose the VM types that they want to run their containers in. We are excited to announce that ACI now supports GPU enabled containers, enabling developers to run intensive jobs required for machine learning.
Powered by the open source Virtual Kubelet technology, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) virtual node allows you to elastically provision additional pods inside Container Instances that start in seconds. With a few clicks in the Azure portal, turn on the virtual node feature and get the flexibility and portability of a container-focused experience in your AKS environment without needing to manage the additional compute resources. And since your Azure Container Instances containers can join the same virtual network as the rest of your cluster, you can build Kubernetes services that seamlessly span pods running on virtual machines (VMs) and Azure Container Instances.
Azure Container Instances supports Linux containers in three new regions: Australia East (New South Wales), East US 2 (Virginia), and Central US (Iowa). These additions bring the total to nine regions across the globe.