Microsoft launches Hyper-V containers for cloud performance

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Microsoft's Hyper-V containers will allow applications to be run at tremendous scales, anywhere, similar to what Google has offered for many years. Of course these containers still require an OS in order to run them, and that's where Microsoft Nano Server steps-in...

Nano Server is a version of its Windows Server without all the "clunk" - such as a user interface - in order for apps to run at peak performance. In the case of Google, the company uses 'CoreOS' which is a stripped-version of Linux and the company led a $12 million round of funding for it just earlier this week.

Officially, Microsoft describes Hyper-V and Nano Server as;

  • Hyper-V Containers - a new container deployment option with enhanced isolation powered by Hyper-V virtualization.
  • Nano Server - a minimal footprint installation of Windows Server that is highly optimized for the cloud, and ideal for containers.

While Hyper-V containers offer an additional deployment option between Windows Server Containers and the Hyper-V virtual machine, they can be deployed using the same development, programming, and management tools you would use for Windows Server Containers.

In addition, applications developed for Windows Server Containers can be deployed as a Hyper-V Container without modification, providing greater flexibility for operators who need to choose degrees of density, agility, and isolation in a multi-platform, multi-application environment.

"As customers adopt modern applications and next-generation cloud technologies, they need an OS that delivers speed, agility and lower resource consumption," Microsoft wrote in their official blog entry.

Once again, these additions to Microsoft's portfolio are about giving developers more choice. This follows on from the company's decision to open-source .NET last year and their 'MSBuild' compiler from Visual Studio last month. Containers such as Hyper-V will ensure developers have the option to do business with Microsoft over Google and Amazon.

Microsoft is sure to speak more about the future of Windows Server, Nano Server, and their Hyper-V containers during BUILD later this month. We will keep you up-to-date with all further developments regarding the company's cloud-based technologies.

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