In recent years, the containerization of applications has become increasingly commonplace. But this has simultaneously led to complexities in deploying and managing these containers across multiple servers.
One solution to this is offered by Kubernetes, which is an open-source software for deploying and managing containers. Azure Workloads for Containers is the Kubernetes offering by Microsoft Services. And it is now a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP) as well. The KCSP program is a pre-qualified tier of vetted service providers who have experience in helping enterprises deploy applications using Kubernetes by providing support, consulting, professional services, and training to them.
Some of the requirements for obtaining the KCSP certification are that the organization should have three or more engineers who pass the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam, a business model to support enterprise end-users, and a CNCF membership. The Redmond giant wrote in the announcement:
We have trained hundreds of consultants on Kubernetes, developed a comprehensive service offering around Kubernetes, and successfully delivered Kubernetes engagements to many customers in all industries, all over the world.
By becoming a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider, Microsoft's Azure Workloads for Containers joins other providers including Alibaba Cloud, Dell Technologies, Fujitsu, NEC, and ZTE. More information can be found here.