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Container Service for Kubernetes:Common scenarios

Last Updated:Aug 15, 2023

This topic describes the common scenarios of Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK).

DevOps and continuous delivery

Optimal continuous delivery pipeline

ACK is integrated with Jenkins to automate the DevOps pipeline that covers code submission to application deployments. The pipeline ensures that code is submitted for deployment only after the code passes automated testing. The pipeline is a new and efficient method. We recommend that you do not use traditional delivery models that include complex deployments and slow iterations.


  • DevOps pipeline automation

    Automates the DevOps pipeline, from code updates to code builds, image builds, and application deployments.

  • Environment consistency

    Allows you to deliver code and runtime environments based on the same architecture.

  • Continuous feedback

    Provides immediate feedback on each integration or delivery.

Services that work with ACK

Elastic Compute Service (ECS)


Microservices architecture

Agile development and deployment to accelerate business iteration

Your workload in the production environment is divided into multiple microservices applications. These microservices applications are managed by Alibaba Cloud image repositories. Alibaba Cloud can schedule, orchestrate, deploy, and implement the canary releases of microservices applications. Therefore, you can focus on feature updates. In the production environment, you can split your application into microservices. The microservices feature high cohesion, low coupling, and high fault tolerance. The production process on microservices is dependent on microservice governance provided by Alibaba Cloud services.

The following benefits can be implemented without the need to modify code and configurations:

  • Elimination of risks during application updates

    Eliminates the risks during application updates based on capabilities such as configuration management, graceful start and shutdown, and end-to-end canary releases.

  • Elimination of risks that are caused by occasional issues

    Provides throttling protection, peak-load shifting, fault isolation, and degradation protection when traffic spikes or the dependent services become abnormal.

  • Agile development of microservices with low costs

    Expands multiple development environments that are logically isolated without increasing the costs of physical servers. This resolves issues such as environment preemption and conflicts to facilitate agile development.

Services that work with ACK

Microservice Engine (MSE), ECS, ApsaraDB RDS, and Object Storage Service (OSS)


Hybrid cloud architecture

Unified O&M of cloud resources

You can manage both cloud and on-premises resources in the ACK console. ACK does not rely on specific infrastructure. Therefore, you can use the same images and orchestration templates to deploy applications both in the cloud and on the premises.


  • Application scaling in the cloud

    During peak hours, ACK can scale out applications in the cloud and forward traffic to the scaled-out resources.

  • Disaster recovery in the cloud

    Business systems can be deployed on the premises for service provisioning and in the cloud for disaster recovery.

  • On-premises development and testing

    Applications that are developed and tested on the premises can be seamlessly released to the cloud.

Services that work with ACK

ECS, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), and Express Connect


Auto scaling architecture

Traffic-based scalability

ACK supports auto scaling of cloud resources for your workloads based on network traffic. This prevents system failures that are caused by traffic spikes and avoids resource waste during off-peak hours.


  • Quick response

    A scale-out event can be triggered within a few seconds when network traffic reaches the scale-out threshold.

  • Auto scaling

    The scaling process is automated. This eliminates human errors.

  • Low cost

    Containers are automatically scaled in when network traffic decreases. This allows you to maximize resource usage.

Services that work with ACK

ECS and CloudMonitor