November 19, 2015

Microsoft Secures the Windows Docker Container

Microsoft continues its work on creating a home for Docker on Windows. Thursday’s release of Windows Server 2016 release candidate 4 (RC 4) introduces a new kind of Docker Windows container, secured within the company’s virtualization machine, Hyper-VM.

Hyper-V containers use the same image format as the Docker containers that run on Windows — which the company introduced in preview form earlier this year — but they offer the greater isolation provided by a virtual machine.

Although the Microsoft first announced the idea of Hyper-V Containers a year ago, “This is the first time the world gets to play with them,” said Taylor Brown, principal programming management lead at Microsoft.

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