"Microsoft is on a tear as it makes good on its plans to bring containerization to the Windows Server market by announcing Hyper-V Containers, an isolation-through-virtualization container option, and Nano Server, a stripped down version of their Windows Server product geared towards containerization and the cloud."
by JASON ZANDER CVP, Microsoft Azure Team
Microsoft Announces Nano Server for Modern Apps and Cloud - Windows Server Blog - Site Home
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"Nano Server is a deeply refactored version of Windows Server with a small footprint and remotely managed installation, optimized for the cloud and a DevOps workflow. It is designed for fewer patch and update events, faster restarts, better resource utilization and tighter security. Informed directly by our learnings from building and managing some of the world’s largest hyperscale cloud environments, and available in the next version of Windows Server, Nano Server focuses on two scenarios:
- Born-in-the-cloud applications – support for multiple programming languages and runtimes. (e.g. C#, Java, Node.js, Python, etc.) running in containers, virtual machines, or on physical servers.
- Microsoft Cloud Platform infrastructure – support for compute clusters running Hyper-V and storage clusters running Scale-out File Server.
- 93 percent lower VHD size
- 92 percent fewer critical bulletins
- 80 percent fewer reboots