AZURE KUBERNETES SERVICE (AKS) : Industry Use Case
AKS is an open-source fully managed container orchestration service by Microsoft Azure cloud that can be used to deploy, scale and manage Docker containers and container-based applications in a cluster environment.
Azure Kubernetes Service offers launching, scaling of resources as per requirement without any downtime in the Kubernetes cluster and the best thing about AKS is that you don’t require deep knowledge and expertise in container orchestration to manage AKS.
What is Kubernetes ?
Kubernetes is a portable, extensible, open source platform for container orchestration. It allows developers and engineers to manage containerized workloads and services through both declarative configuration and automation.
Basic benefits of Kubernetes include:
- Run distributed systems resiliently
- Automatically mount a storage system
- Automated rollouts and rollbacks
- Secret and configuration management
Features of AKS :
Azure manages all the complex parts of running Kubernetes, and you can focus on your containers. Basic features include:
- Pay only for the nodes (VMs) and pay as you go
- Easier cluster management
- Integrated with various Azure services
- Kubernetes can scale your Nodes using cluster autoscaler
- Expand your scale even greater by scheduling your containers on Azure Container Instances
How SIEMEN HEALTHINEERS is using AKS ?
Siemens Healthineers is leading the digitalization of healthcare with its Digital Ecosystem, which helps health providers and solution developers bring more value to the delivery of care, ultimately improving the quality of insights derived from healthcare data. Siemens Healthineers uses Microsoft Azure to make solutions more accessible, and it uses Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and other tools for a fast, efficient, and competitive development pipeline.
Siemens Healthineers uses the data gathered from its 600,000 systems running worldwide to generate insights that help healthcare providers realize new opportunities to increase value and improve clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. Having too much data to process causes problems in management of it.
Digitalization is critical to technological progress in many industries, and healthcare is no exception. The healthcare industry needs ways to pull its data together, structure and analyze it, and draw conclusions that lead to improved ways of diagnosing patients and managing therapy.
When it comes to healthcare information, deploying software in the cloud can be a tricky business because of specific security obligations. So, Siemens Healthineers thoroughly researched the options to ensure that its customers would be comfortable with its cloud platform. Ultimately, Siemens Healthineers selected Microsoft Azure.
With a solid, dependable cloud platform in place, Siemens Healthineers is focusing on speeding development and implementing a continuous delivery approach. The company deploys its distributed applications in Docker containers, orchestrates those containers using Kubernetes, and monitors and manages the environment with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
“Using Azure Kubernetes Service puts us into a position to not only deploy our business logic in Docker containers, including the orchestration,but also, through application gateway and API management, to easily manage the exposure and control and meter the access continuously.” says company’s executive.