Microsoft is pushing its support for applications and services running in containers with a number of capabilities, including Docker Datacenter now available in the Azure Marketplace, and the ability to manage a hybrid deployment of containers in the Azure public cloud and on-premise.
The company has added container support across its platforms in numerous updates over the past couple of years, and the firm used the DockerCon conference in Seattle to show how customers can put these to good use.
Microsoft's chief technology officer for Azure, Mark Russinovich, delivered a keynote in which he announced availability in the Azure Marketplace of Docker Datacenter, Docker's comprehensive suite for deploying and orchestrating applications in containers.
Russinovich demonstrated how Docker Datacenter can be deployed quickly and easily using pre-defined Azure Resource Manager templates, and how it can be used to manage containers running on Microsoft's Azure Stack, the firm's on-premise private cloud platform designed to be as consistent as possible with the Azure cloud, and which is still in Technical Preview.
"Docker Datacenter operates across public and private Azure clouds in true hybrid mode, enabling customers to manage hybrid applications with components in Azure and on-premise with Azure Stack," he said.
Russinovich also demonstrated Microsoft's Operations Management Suite being used to manage containers running in a similar hybrid deployment across Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack on-premise.
Microsoft announced that the Technical Preview of an SQL Server version for Linux is now available for testers on the private beta to download as a Docker image and deploy in a container.
"As enterprises use containers for production workloads, industry standard workloads like SQL Server will need to run in containers for maximum portability and agility," Russinovich said.
Finally, Russinovich gave a preview of Windows Server containers running on the Azure Container Service, Microsoft's platform that enables customers to run workloads inside containers on the firm's public cloud.
Azure Container Service launched in April with support for Docker images, but with the new support it will able to manage containers running on Linux and Windows Server instances.
"Our container strategy and our Azure strategy are differentiated by a deep commitment to open source technology, providing customers with the broadest range of choice to match their preferences and investments," Russinovich said.
The move follows Docker's unveiling of betas for Mac, Windows, Azure and AWS at the event.
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