First look: Run VMs in VMs with Hyper-V containers

Windows Server 2016’s Hyper-V containers are lighter weight than traditional VMs and more secure than traditional containers

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Due for release in the second half of 2016, Windows Server 2016 is a major reworking of the Windows Server platform, with a refactored core that will scale from the minimalist, microservice- and cloud-focused Nano Server to the familiar graphical user experience. Windows Server 2016 is perhaps best thought of as Microsoft delivering its Azure cloud platform to on-premises installations. The latest preview, Windows Server 2016 TP4 (Technical Preview 4), adds a range of new Azure-like features, including enhancing the container features introduced in Windows Server 2016 TP3.

Jeffrey Snover, lead architect for the Windows Server division, describes the process thusly: “Taking public cloud patterns and practices and making them available everywhere.” That would certainly explain what Microsoft is delivering with its container solutions in Windows Server 2016. Containers have become a key element in modern build processes, allowing developers and operations teams to deliver consistent encapsulated services that operate in isolated user land, along with supporting elements, where what’s developed is what is delivered and what is operated.

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