Tigera to Provide Native Kubernetes Support for Mixed Windows/Linux Workloads on Microsoft Azure

Tigera today announced a preview of Calico for Windows on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). While Calico has been available for self-managed Kubernetes workloads on Azure since 2018, many organizations are migrating their .NET and Windows workloads to the managed Kubernetes environment offered by AKS. Now the leading open-source network policy and security solution for Kubernetes enables Windows users to fulfill their policy and compliance requirements on Azure Kubernetes Service.

With the availability of Calico for Windows on AKS in preview, enterprises can leverage the power and simplicity of Calico to enable a single solution for network policy and security that works uniformly across cloud and on-premises environments, running Windows and Linux based container workloads. A typical cloud-native application may run on any combination of these variables, with each one deploying a different approach to network policy and security. As the Kubernetes ecosystem grows, this siloed, fragmented approach cannot scale, making it harder for developers, service owners, and cluster operators to secure, observe and troubleshoot these heterogeneous environments.

“Calico for Windows on Azure Kubernetes Service extends support for Kubernetes Windows container workloads to the cloud and will benefit the Cloud Native Computing Foundation community,” said Keiko Harada, senior program manager, Azure at Microsoft Corp. “Many of our customers are looking for a solution that also includes hybrid and cloud options. Customers can use a single open-source solution for Kubernetes networking and security, on-premises and in the cloud, as well as across their choice of Windows, Linux, and mixed OS node-pool environments.”

Project Calico is an open-source networking and security solution for Kubernetes. Calico is one of the most widely adopted solutions for Kubernetes networking and security, used on more than 1 million nodes across 166 countries. It is the only Kubernetes networking and security solution with a pluggable data plane that supports Windows, standard Linux, and eBPF. Calico for Windows on AKS provides users the flexibility to run Kubernetes workloads where they choose, in Windows, Linux, or cross-platform environments.

Tigera is the leader in Kubernetes security and observability, and the inventor and primary maintainer of open source Project Calico. Calico has been integrated into all major Kubernetes distributions including offerings from AWS, Docker, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, Rancher, and Nutanix.

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