Storage Showdown at the AKS Corral

This is a follow-up post to my analysis of using Azure NetApp Files for AKS storage versus the native solutions. After I wrote the post, with some surprising findings about Azure File performance, a number of people from Microsoft reached out to bring up a few key facts. In this post I will review the points that they brought up and include an updated analysis of the native Azure storage solutions for the Azure Kubernetes Service. Hold on to yer butts everyone!

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Scaling the Kubernetes Cluster in Azure Stack

This is a follow-up to my post about the Kubernetes Cluster running on Azure Stack. In that post, I asked myself how to scale a deployed cluster and how to update the cluster. Since that post went live, I’ve done experimentation on my own, and also learned a few things about the deployment toolset being used for the Kubernetes Cluster Template.

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Azure Stack Kubernetes Cluster is NOT AKS

If you’ve been test driving Azure Stack with a full stamp or just the ASDK, you may have decided to try out the Kubernetes Cluster template that is available in the marketplace syndication. This post is meant to walk through what the K8s template is, what it isn’t, and how it works.

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Deploying a Kubernetes Cluster on Azure Stack fails

I just finished updating my Azure Stack ASDK to the latest 1901 version. Before the upgrade I was messing around with the Kubernetes cluster offering, and I wanted to get that added back to my ASDK now that I’ve performed the update. I rushed through the process, and of course got an error. And that error was not very helpful. Just in case you’re like me, and missed a step in the setup for K8s on Azure Stack, here are the various error messages and the solution.

The TL;DR? Add the Service Principal you created for K8s as a Contributor on the subscription the cluster will be running in.

You’re welcome.

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Hybrid Cloud is On Target for 2019

If you were going to build a brand new application today, your approach would probably be fundamentally different than five or ten years ago. And I do mean fundamentally, as in the fundaments of the architecture would be different. In the last ten years we have moved rapidly from traditional three-tier applications to 12-factor apps using microservices, and now things are shifting again to serverless. That’s all well and good for any business looking to build a new application, but what about organizations that have traditional applications? I’ve also heard them called legacy or heritage applications. These applications are deeply ingrained in the business and are often what is actually generating the bulk of a company’s revenue. The company cannot survive without these applications, and modernizing them will be costly and fraught with risk. Due to the inherent risk, most companies opt to either keep these applications running on-premises or move them as-is to the public cloud, aka life and shift. That’s the reality we’re living with today, but tomorrow is knocking on the door and promising hybrid cloud to fix all this. What’s the reality and what’s the hype? And what is the most likely journey for most companies?

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