WinDocks, a software firm offering Docker container support for Windows, has unveiled a no-cost downloadable Community Edition of its platform for developers to use, and announced availability of WinDocks products from Amazon's cloud-based AWS Marketplace.
Available now, WinDocks is based on a port of the Docker Engine, but enables organisations to get started with Docker-based development of containerised applications on the Windows Server 2012 platform that many firms have already deployed.
Microsoft is planning to add official Docker support, but this is coming in Windows Server 2016 sometime later this year.
WinDocks is essentially a port of the Docker engine to Windows Server 2012, and provides support for .Net and SQL Server. It enables Windows applications to operate in containers with Docker commands and API support.
The WinDocks Community Edition includes the full WinDocks features, but is restricted to five containers, the firm said. Despite this, it enables engineering and dev ops teams working with SQL Server and .Net to get started with continuous integration and delivery.
Organisations that are impressed enough with the Community Edition can get the standard version of WinDocks as a commercially supported platform. Licensing starts at $400 per server core per year, rising to $1,000 per server core per year if customers are using SQL Server.
Meanwhile, WinDocks announced availability of its tools in the AWS Marketplace, including a no-cost virtual machine image based on the WinDocks Community Edition. This is free of licensing costs, but customers still have to pay AWS fees to run it.
The firm said that WinDocks has proven workload portability between on-premise servers and the AWS Cloud, and supports one-click provisioning with a pre-configured Amazon Machine Image in the AWS Marketplace.
WinDocks was started by a team of former Microsoft engineers, including chief executive Ramesh Parameswaran, who led Microsoft's efforts for cross-platform and internet technologies, and chief technical advisor Rama Srinivasan, who was a member of the original development teams for Windows, Internet Information Server and SQL Server.
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