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Preparing for Containers in the Windows World

Published: 27 July 2017

ID: G00323458

Analyst(s): Anna Belak


Docker's success has created a lot of buzz around containers on Linux, but until recently, Microsoft Windows applications could not be containerized. This analysis will help technical professionals prepare for Windows container initiatives.

Table Of Contents


  • The Anatomy of a Windows Container
    • Container Images
    • Windows Server Core and Nano Server
    • Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers
  • Operating System Virtualization on Windows and Linux
    • Windows Containers Versus Virtual Machines
    • Windows Containers Versus Application Virtualization
  • Ecosystem Integration


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