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Microsoft Boosts Azure Container Support

Microsoft this week beefed up its support for containers on hybrid clouds. And when Microsoft talks about hybrid clouds, they mean that in more ways than one.

Microsoft is arguably the leading proponent of the hybrid cloud as conventionally defined: IT infrastructure spanning the private cloud (a.k.a. on-premises equipment) and public cloud (a.k.a. "somebody else's computer").

But Microsoft also advocates another kind of hybrid cloud. Its Azure service supports both Linux and Windows virtual servers.

This week, Microsoft improved its support for containers, with tools to allow enterprises to manage containers spanning hybrid clouds, Windows, and Linux, according to a post by Azure CTO Mark Russinovich on the Azure blog.

For starters, Microsoft is making Docker Datacenter available in the Azure Marketplace, which "simplifies and reduces the time to stand up Docker Datacenter and get productive," Russinovich says.

At DockerCon, which is Docker Inc. 's annual conference, this week, Microsoft demonstrated Docker Datacenter managing a hybrid container-based application. The public cloud portion was, of course, on Azure; the private cloud part ran on Azure Stack, software that allows enterprises to run the Azure platform in their own data centers.


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Microsoft demonstrated its Operations Management Suite managing containers across Azure and Azure Stack on premises. Operations Management Suite is Microsoft's cloud management technology for hybrid clouds, supporting Azure, Amazon Web Services Inc. , Windows Server, Linux, VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) and OpenStack .

Microsoft previewed Azure Container Service, adding support for Windows Server containers using Docker Swarm to its utility for simplifying configuration and deployment of container services. Azure Container Services now supports both Linux and Windows Servers.

And it showed a private preview of SQL Server running on Linux in a Docker container.

Also at DockerCon, Docker on Monday launched Docker 1.12, with built-in orchestration support, in competition with the Google-led open source Kubernetes. (See Docker Targets Google Kubernetes.)

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