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Time
21 hours 40 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
24
Video Transcription
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>> Hey, everybody, and welcome back.
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In this lecture, we're going to be talking
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about Azure Container Instances.
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In this lecture, we want to learn what
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the purpose of Azure Container Instances are and some
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of the features of ACI
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Azure Container Instances for short.
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Let's go ahead and dive into it.
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Azure Container Instances are container instances.
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If you don't really know what that is, think of Docker.
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Docker are containers,
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and it's basically
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a smaller virtualized environment for developments,
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for standing up,
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maybe pieces of an application that you might need in
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order to do any type of developments or to
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run a particular application.
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You don't necessarily need
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the whole bulky virtual machine.
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You just look in a host and application itself.
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What I mean by this is if we're talking
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about a typical virtualized
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>> environment, we have our VM,
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>> which is the operating system,
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and the applications,
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and the dependencies,
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and all that fun stuff.
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It's going to be a full-fledge operating system.
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You can host it in a hypervisor
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>> that sits on a computer,
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>> whether it be a laptop,
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or desktop, or server.
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You can host these virtual machines,
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these VMs in that environment.
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But the problem is that they can be clunky.
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Sometimes they're not as fast,
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and many times we don't need a full-fledged VM.
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We only need to host one application.
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But when we host an entire VM,
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we're still left with hardening the entire VM,
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and there's a lot of pieces to that.
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When you work with containers,
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you strip it all down just to the dependencies
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of the application and the application
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itself, and that's it.
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You can just work with that one container,
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and makes it a lot easier to harden
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and secure because of that.
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With Azure Container Instances,
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this is a managed solution.
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The actual underlying virtual machine or
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the hypervisor underneath is
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going to be managed by Azure.
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You only have to spin up your container,
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which you can configure your details,
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and we're going to learn more about that
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in lab coming up after this,
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but you'll get to actually stand
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up in Azure Container and play around with
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the settings and you'll get to
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see just how easy it is and how
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fast that is to stand up
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your very own application within there.
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You can quickly deploy Azure Container and you
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don't need a full orchestration setup like Kubernetes.
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There's just the container itself.
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Obvious benefit here, speed to market.
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The containers are faster than VMs.
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They host applications within seconds,
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and you get all the full-fledged benefits
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of a typical hosted server,
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whether it be virtual or not,
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you can still connect DNS,
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you can still have public hosting from it, and whatnot.
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Really, really cool stuff.
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Containers are more secure innately because
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the scope of the virtualized environment is slimmer.
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We did trim it down.
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We cut off the excess fat because we didn't need it.
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We did not need all the bells and whistles here.
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We just focused on what we needed,
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which was the application environment that
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we're trying to host or that we're trying to build,
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and whatever your use cases for the container,
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you can specify that and just get the container itself.
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Azure is going to take care of
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the hypervisor that guaranteed
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security and risk mitigation,
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and they prevents
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any threats of multi-tenant environments.
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Your customer data is going to be secured.
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ACI stores a minimum amount of
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customer data required
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>> to ensure that the containers are
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>> running securely and no access data
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will be used or saved by Azure.
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You can ensure that everything's going to stay
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compliant and that you're
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going to be okay and your environments.
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If you need to confirm that,
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maybe against certain regulatory bodies
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because I know some of them can be really picky,
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you can always go back to
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the compliance services for Azure
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and make sure that ACI is something
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that does work with your regulatory body.
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This video was a brief introduction of ACI.
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The reason why is because really this is one
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of those lessons that we want to dive into,
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get our hands dirty,
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and actually see it for ourselves and how it works.
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In the next lab,
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you're going to actually get an opportunity to stand up
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your very first Azure Container Instances.
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But just to summarize in this lecture,
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we talked about how quickly you
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can deploy Docker containers,
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some of the benefits of Docker containers
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versus a standard VM.
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You get to strip down
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the ecosystem just to what you
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need and really slim it up,
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make it more secure innately.
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That wraps up this lecture.
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Like I said, in the next lab,
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you're actually going to be standing up here
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on Azure Container Instances.
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Be sure to go through that. If you have any questions,
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feel free to reach out to me,
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and if not, I'll see you in the next lecture.
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