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Frequently Asked Questions About Windows Containers

Published: 29 March 2018

ID: G00350954

Analyst(s): Arun Chandrasekaran , Daniel Bowers


The benefits of containers are driving interest in containerizing Windows applications, but the Microsoft container ecosystem is relatively immature. I&O leaders looking to accelerate infrastructure agility can use this research to find answers for the most common questions about Windows containers.

Table Of Contents



  • Are Windows Containers Ready for Production Use?
  • What Applications Should I Target for Windows Containers?
  • Are Windows Containers Just Like Linux Containers?
  • When Should I Use Hyper-V Isolation With Windows Server Containers?
  • When Should I Use Windows Server Core Versus Nano Server?
  • What Orchestration and Management Tools Work With Windows Containers?
  • For .NET Core Applications, When Should I Use Linux Containers Instead of Windows Containers?
  • What Hosts Should Be Used for Windows Containers?
  • Can I Run Windows Containers in the Public Clouds?

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