Microsoft Announces Azure Containers Instances (ACI) for Linux

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

July 26, 2017

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Microsoft continues to innovate in the area of its Azure Containers service with today’s announcement of new Azur Container Instances (ACI).

Corey Sanders, Microsoft’s Director of Computer for Azure, provided the details of this new feature over on the Microsoft Azure blog.

“The very first service of its kind in the cloud, Azure Container Instances (ACI), a new Azure service delivering containers with great simplicity and speed and without any Virtual Machine infrastructure to manage. ACIs are the fastest and easiest way to run a container in the cloud.”

He states that an ACI starts up in just seconds which is also how the service is billed for Azure users. The ACI feature flexible sizing options that include determining how much memory and vCPUs are used so that you can tailor the container to your need and not pay for excess services you do not need nor desire.

Sanders confirms no virtual machine management is necessary between you and your containers means it is just your code in the container with it running in the cloud.

ACIs also provide first time container users a simpler path to using the container service so that you can get up and running with them with minimal parameters necessary.

The containers are in preview starting today for Linux based containers with Windows support following in the coming weeks.

For more details, check out Corey’s blog post which also includes the basic Command Line Instructions for deploying an ACI.

This article originally appeared on IT Pro.


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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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