he support of the container technology has also gained that Microsoft Windows Server 2016 offers a very interesting insulation function.
Microsoft has delivered yesterday the fourth “technical preview” (TP) of the next version of Windows Server. In addition to improvements in the network stack, this is the first time the publisher unveiled the Hyper-V Container function. This tool will allow developers to take advantage of the flexibility and practicality of containerization, but also the insulation of containers, a feature commonly found in traditional virtual machines. One of the key principles of this insulation is the fact that Hyper-V Container runs on a clean Windows Server kernel that is not shared with the host machine, unlike Microsoft Windows Server already includes a container in the versions beta of its future server software.
The method is similar to that already used for traditional virtual machines, with the difference that the Hyper-V containers may be configured with the Docker tools and are able to use the same packages as those which rotate in the Windows Server containers. In addition, the operating system that drives the container has been optimized for this purpose, and not to a physical machine, which improves the performance of the virtual machine.
Availability Q2 2016 to Server 2016
The technology is the same as that used on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to ensure that applications are isolated from each other. Hyper-V Containers enables Microsoft to run services like Azure Machine Learning being sure that the execution of workloads in a Hyper-V container takes place in a defined environment and does not interfere with the host machine or other applications running on the host machine. But this insulation at a cost: recently, Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, said in a blog that the Hyper-V containers will be slower to start than Windows Server containers and are heavier than their size counterparts who do not enjoy the same level of insulation.
The beta version delivered yesterday has other improvements such as updating the network to better support the container stack, and changes to Hyper-V with a beta version providing a form of nested visualization. Microsoft plans to officially launch Windows Server 2016 in the second half of next year. The continuous development of on-site server product reveals an interesting facet of Microsoft’s strategy: if the Redmond company continues to grow its public cloud platform Azure, CEO Satya Nadella also indicates that Windows servers are on-site External part of the company’s cloud.