News: Microsoft and Docker Partner to Bring Container Applications across Platforms

Microsoft Corp. and Docker Inc., the company behind the fast-growing Docker open platform for distributed applications, on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux with the same growing Docker ecosystem of users, applications, and tools.

With All Due Respect to Linux, Microsoft and Docker Matters

While much of the great innovation in the software industry (particularly in the area of big data platforms and new software development tools) is occurring on Linux (at least first on Linux), it is a simple fact that Windows dominates the installed base of servers in the enterprise. Estimates are that there are over 50M virtual machines in VMware’s installed base alone, 90% of which run Windows. That means that there are probably more Windows servers in VMware’s installed base than there are total machine images at Amazon Web Services.

Why Microsoft Had to Act

The key benefit of Docker is that all of the libraries that an application needs to run can be encapsulated into the same container that contains the application. In the world of Linux this means that the same container can go from a developer’s laptop to wide scale deployment, and the same container can be deployed across multiple distributions of Linux.

There is only one “distribution” of Windows (from Microsoft), but there are still multiple historical versions to contend with. If Docker for Windows accomplishes nothing more than allowing software vendors and enterprise Windows software developers to build and test one container across different versions of the Windows Server operating system, then this will be a boon for the Windows ISV and developer communities.

You can read the complete Microsoft and Docker Announcement here.

Summary

Microsoft and Docker have announced that they are cooperating to bring Docker to Windows Server. This brings an important innovation to Windows, and will be a boon for the Windows ISV and developer communities.

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Bernd Harzog
Bernd Harzog is the Analyst at The Virtualization Practice for Performance and Capacity Management and IT as a Service (Private Cloud). Bernd is also the CEO and founder of APM Experts a company that provides strategic marketing services to vendors in the virtualization performance management, and application performance management markets. Prior to these two companies, Bernd was the CEO of RTO Software, the VP Products at Netuitive, a General Manager at Xcellenet, and Research Director for Systems Software at Gartner Group. Bernd has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago.

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