New container and compute options in Azure Government

Azure Gov Team

Containerize apps more easily with new compute services available in Azure Government including Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) and Azure Container Instances (ACI); and use new NV series Virtual Machines for GPU accelerated graphics applications in scenarios such as data visualization, simulation, CAD, and rendering and streaming content.

Learn more about these services below, and reach out to us with any questions at For a complete list of services, view Azure services by region.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

The fully managed Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) makes deploying and managing containerized applications easy. It offers serverless Kubernetes, an integrated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) experience, and enterprise-grade security and governance. Unite your development and operations teams on a single platform to rapidly build, deliver, and scale applications with confidence.

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Easily define, deploy, debug, and upgrade even the most complex Kubernetes applications, and automatically containerize your applications.

You can create an AKS cluster in the Azure portal, with the Azure CLI, or template driven deployment options such as Resource Manager templates and Terraform. When you deploy an AKS cluster, the Kubernetes master and all nodes are deployed and configured for you. Additional features such as advanced networking, Azure Active Directory integration, and monitoring can also be configured during the deployment process.

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Azure Container Instances (ACI)

With Azure Container Instances (ACI) you can deploy containers to the cloud with unprecedented simplicity and speed—with a single command. You can also provision additional compute for demanding workloads whenever you need. ACI provides hypervisor isolation for each container group to ensure containers run in isolation without sharing a kernel.

A fully managed service, Azure Container Instances is a great solution for any scenario that can operate in isolated containers, including simple applications, task automation, and build jobs.

Azure Container Instances resources

Azure Virtual Machines NVv3-series

GPU optimized VM sizes are specialized virtual machines available with single or multiple NVIDIA GPUs. These sizes are designed for compute-intensive, graphics-intensive, and visualization workloads. NVv3-series sizes are optimized and designed for remote visualization, streaming, gaming, encoding, and VDI scenarios using frameworks such as OpenGL and DirectX.

The NVv3-series virtual machines are powered by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs and NVIDIA GRID technology with Intel E5-2690 v4 (Broadwell) CPUs and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. These virtual machines are targeted for GPU accelerated graphics applications and virtual desktops where customers want to visualize their data, simulate results to view, work on CAD, or render and stream content. Additionally, these virtual machines can run single precision workloads such as encoding and rendering. NVv3 virtual machines support Premium Storage and come with twice the system memory (RAM) when compared with its predecessor NV-series.

Each GPU in NVv3 instances comes with a GRID license. This license gives you the flexibility to use an NV instance as a virtual workstation for a single user, or 25 concurrent users can connect to the VM for a virtual application scenario.

Azure VM: NVv3-series resources


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