Microsoft Announces Hyper-V Containers and Nano Server for Greater App Performance

By CIOReview | Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Operating system (OS) today is a receptacle to hold cloud-based applications. Containerization concept on the other hand has brought robustness and even more agility into these cloud-based applications making them perform much better. Aware of these developments in the technology space, Microsoft has been working with Docker to build its own containers. The company has finally introduced Hyper-V containers. The IT innovation company has also a new lightweight version of its Windows server which it calls Nano Server. The latest OS is tailored for next generation cloud-based applications and has tiny footprint.

While working with containers, it is imperative to maintain a certain degree of isolation so that the setup doesn’t get messed up. The latest Hyper-V containers come with full Docker cross-platform integration. With these new containers, isolation between the various code is comprehensive that means there is no impact on the host operating system or other containers on the same host.

Hyper-V containers can be deployed using the same development and management tools used for Windows Server containers. Furthermore, Windows server containers can be deployed as a Hyper-V container without modification.

Nano Server
As a tiny Windows Server OS, Nano Server offers greater agility and reduced resource consumption. The platform has been built for: cloud-native applications with support for multiple programming languages such as Java, Node.js,  Phthon and more; Microsoft Cloud Platform infrastructure; DevOps workflow; support for Visual Studio.

The tiny OS, Nano Server, doesn’t have a GUI stack and there is no local logon or Remote Desktop support.