Saturday, April 11, 2015

Microsoft Nano Server for Hyper-V Containers

Microsoft Nano Server for Hyper-V Containers
"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."
New Windows Server containers and Azure support for Docker | Microsoft Azure Blog
by JASON ZANDER CVP, Microsoft Azure TeamDockerAndAzureEcosystem

Microsoft Announces Nano Server for Modern Apps and Cloud - Windows Server Blog - Site Home 
- TechNet Blogs
"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.
Nano Server will allow customers to install just the components they require and nothing more. The initial results are promising. Based on the current builds, compared to Server, Nano Server has:
  • 93 percent lower VHD size
  • 92 percent fewer critical bulletins
  • 80 percent fewer reboots
...removed the GUI stack, 32 bit support (WOW64), MSI and a number of default Server Core components. There is no local logon or Remote Desktop support. All management is performed remotely via WMI and PowerShell."

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