Today’s announcement of a deep collaborations between Docker Inc. and Microsoft is additional evidence that Microsoft is very serious about supporting IT organization’s decisions to rely on multi-vendor and multi-platform operations models. With containerization becoming more and more relevant and with Docker being one of the most advanced technologies in this area, a collaboration for the benefit of the customer is only natural.
After Microsoft added support for Docker containers on Linux VMs in Microsoft Azure back in June, customer will have the ability to access the Docker Hub from within the Azure management portal. This is the next step in supporting seamless integration of non-Microsoft technologies and solutions into our platforms. But it does not stop there.
Microsoft and Docker are working to integrate the Open Source Docker engine into a next release of Windows Server, making it easier for developers to create containers which include apps built in Java, C++, Node.js, .Net. and others. Read ScottGu’s blog for more details.
Another effort is under way to enable support for a native Docker client on Windows. Operations (and developers) will be able to manage and deploy Docker based solutions with Windows AND Linux environments.
Further, the Docker Hub will be included in the Microsoft Azure Gallery and the management portal.
Last but not least, Microsoft is contributing code back to Docker’s Open Orchestration API. This will enable operations (and developers) to use Docker at the command prompt to start Linux and Windows based containerized solutions directly in Microsoft Azure.
Find out more about today’s announcement at this selection of destinations (in no particular order):
- ScottGu’s blog: Docker and Microsoft: Integrating Docker with Windows Server and Microsoft Azure
- Azure blog: New Windows Server containers and Azure support for Docker
- MS OpenTech: Docker Containers Coming to a Microsoft or Linux Server Near You
- GigaOM: Microsoft and Docker team up to make sure containers can play nice on Azure and Windows Server
- ZDNet: Docker container support coming to Microsoft's next Windows Server release
- PCWorld: Microsoft to bring Docker to Windows Server
- TechCrunch: Microsoft Partners With Docker To Bring Container Support To Windows Server
- CNN: Docker and Microsoft partner to bring container applications across platforms
- Wired: Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing