Azure Container Instances (ACI)
- Run containers without managing servers.
- For event-driven applications, quickly deploy from your container development pipelines, run data processing, and build jobs.
- Azure Container Instances is a regional service.
- Containers have less overhead than VMs and can be deployed consistently.
- All the dependencies for an application are included in the container image.
- Applications running in containers can be deployed easily to multiple operating systems and hardware platforms.
- Select an image source using Quickstart images, Azure Container Registry, and Docker Hub.
- Create a container image only when you need it and process data on-demand.
- You can choose to always restart the container regardless of how it stopped, to only restart if it failed, to exit successfully, or to never restart.
- Enables you to set a command to be executed first when running the container.
- Resources can be tagged with values that you define, to help you organize and identify them.
- By default, Azure Container Instances are stateless.
- You can’t deploy an image from an on-premises registry to ACI.
- You can mount Azure Files shares in your ACI for persistent storage.
- To mount an Azure file share as a volume in Azure Container Instances, you need: Storage account name, Share name, and Storage account key.
- Choose between three networking options: Public, Private, and None.
- Private IP is not yet available for Windows Containers.
- None IP containers (logs) can still be accessed using the CLI.
- DNS name label: <tutorialsdojo>.<region>.azurecontainer.io
- Deploy Azure WAF in front of critical web applications hosted in ACI for additional inspection of incoming traffic.
- Use Azure Key Vault to safeguard encryption keys and secrets for containerized applications.
- You pay based on what you need and get billed by the second.
- The assigned public IP addresses to your container group are billed.
- You are billed for each GB and vCPU your container group consumes.
Azure Container Instances (ACI) vs Functions:
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