Apache Spark officially includes Kubernetes support, and thereby you can run a Spark job on your own Kubernetes cluster. (See here for official document. Note that Kubernetes scheduler is currently experimental.)
Especially in Microsoft Azure, you can easily run Spark on cloud-managed Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
In this post, I’ll show you step-by-step tutorial for running Apache Spark on AKS. In this tutorial, artifacts, such as, source code, data, and container images are all protected by Azure credentials (keys).
Although managed services for Apache Spark, such as, Azure Databricks, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure HDInsight, is the best place to run Spark workloads, you will get much flexibility by running workloads on managed Kubernetes (AKS) – such as, spot VM support, start/stop cluster, confidential computing (Intel SGX) support, so on and so forth.
Read on to see how. Though of these options, I’d probably choose Azure Databricks or Azure Synapse Analytics well before the others.