December 4, 2021

Azure Container Apps Offers Fully Managed Serverless Container Service

Writing new programs can be a very laborious and downright exhausting task. Commonly encountered complexities can slow down the writing of code. But a new Azure program helps to simplify the process. Microsoft recently unveiled its new Azure Contain Apps program, which greatly enhances the ability to manage container instances and other programs.

Antiquated systems rely on servers and generally direct connections to manage and transmit data and information. The recently unveiled Azure Container Apps program greatly increases the ability to manage and maintain various container programs for online portals, businesses, and others.

The system adds a management level to Azure Container Instances and other apps that could become highly complex and difficult to manage. When a particular endpoint is bombarded with requests, the Azure Container Apps program can manage it. It enables the scaling of data so that you can build microservices and other programs while serving your clients at the same time. Here is a closer look at what it offers.

KEDA Support Handles High Demand

You can use autoscaling to support microservices when that has a very high rate of access. Azure Container Apps uses Kubernetes event-driven autoscaling (KEDA) that delivers computing power where it is needed the most. KEDA offers:

  • Scaling for events.
  • Simplified autoscaling.
  • Built-in scalers.

The amount of HTTP traffic or special events that put unusually high pressure on particular programs benefits from KEDA support. KEDA can scale items based on their Active MQ Artemis queues and Apache Kafka topics, among a slew of other outstanding support systems.

One of the problems of a network is the difficulty of adding new services. When you create microservices, the network might have to undergo a partial or full rebuild. But with the new Azure Container Apps program, you get more capabilities for Azure Container Instances and similar programs.

The cloud-based Azure Container Apps lets you build microservices that are fully supported for distributed application runtime (Dapr). When you want to build your levels of microservices, the Dapr support makes them portable and reliable. It does so by using APIs that make microservice connectivity much simpler and easier to do.

If you have a communication pattern that is a service to service invocation or possibly one that is pub/sub messaging, the Dapr supports it. Dapr helps you to write highly resilient and very secure microservices. You can use your preferred programming language and use a Dapr sidecar to take care of your service discovery. It also can handle message broker integration, encryption and secret management to help boost your security. That helps you to use a simple code and focus more on business logic.

APIs Handle Distributed App Challenges

The Dapr support includes APIs that simplify the many complex challenges often encountered with distributed apps. The APIs serve as building blocks that you can leverage as you need to get the job done. You could use one, a few or all of the API building blocks to better manage the chaos of program writing. Trouble-shooting also is easier and more simplified with the APIs.

The APIs help to strip away the abstract and complex issues that often arise while programming. You can concentrate on writing code with a more streamlined system helping to reduce the problems that you otherwise would encounter. Fewer problems mean fewer issues to resolve and greatly reduce the stress of coding and writing programs.

The APIs help to create more secured connections with encrypted mTLS. Observability helps to diagnose issues quickly so that you can solve problems with relative ease. And a Resilient State lets you implement long-running and stateful services. You can use the horizontally scaled and replicated service to create a state store for data.

Dapr uses the state store to communicate with a database and deliver strong consistency. You can opt in on two common concurrency patterns and employ First-Write-Wins as needed. The default mode used by Dapr is Last-Write-Wins.

Benefits of Serverless Service

The traditional server system is highly limited. It requires space and bulky servers that have limited capacities and use a lot of electrical power. While they can hold a large amount of data, once a server nears its capacity, either a new one must be added to the network or you need to start deleting old data, if possible.

Servers also are wired and connected to a network. That network system could become very bulky and highly complex to manage and maintain. The serverless Azure Content Apps does away with the server while providing essentially the same data storage services. But it does it much better.

With the cloud-based system that Azure Container Apps employs, there is no complex network that could be damaged and has a lot of hardware to maintain. You get a streamline, cloud-based server system that can deploy apps that are containerized. You can write code while using the programming language that you prefer.

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Peter Hatch

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