Latest Windows Server 2016 Preview Adds Container Support
Microsoft includes Docker-compatible containers and new SDN features in today's technical previews for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.Microsoft today released the third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, marking the first time the public can test Windows Server Containers. The DevOps-enabling technology helps remove many of the bottlenecks that slow the business application deployment process, ultimately stifling innovation, Mike Schutz, general manager of Microsoft's Cloud Platform, told eWEEK. "Developers and IT alike are under tremendous pressure to accelerate the speed and agility required to serve the business," he said. Noting that as enterprises discover that DevOps allows development teams and IT administrators to "work more closely together using common tooling, it is becoming a more mainstream way of doing things," Schutz added. Featuring support for Windows Server Containers, the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016—due sometime in calendar year 2016—is expected to help popularize the agile application development and deployment model among Microsoft's enterprise customer base. Microsoft worked with Docker, lead commercial supporter of the open-source Docker application container virtualization platform, on its implementation of Windows Server Containers, Schutz said.
Containers help reduce "a lot of that friction that exists today, from dev to test to production," noted Schutz. "They are quite popular with cloud developers, particularly those building cloud applications at scale. For the first time, IT pros and developers can test containers" using Windows Server, he added.