Published On: Tue, Dec 20th, 2016

Amazon’s EC2 Container Service adds support for Windows Containers

With a launch of Windows Server 2016 3 months ago, Microsoft gave a users a ability to use a Docker engine to run containers on Windows server. This meant developers could now package their Windows executables into containers and run them on Windows Server (though apparently not on Linux machines), regulating a same Docker engine and commands they were already used to. Today, AWS announced that it its EC2 Container Service (ECS) now also supports Windows Containers in beta.

To capacitate this feature, Amazon developed a possess Windows chronicle of a ECS enclosure agent. In what is still a flattering surprising pierce for Amazon, the formula for a representative is accessible on GitHub underneath a Apache 2.0 license.

Microsoft and Docker worked closely together on removing a Docker engine to work on Windows (including Windows 10 with a Anniversary Update). The Docker Engine is even commercially upheld on Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft will offer craving support for a Docker Engine, too. You can, however, also conduct Windows containers by PowerShell but touching Docker’s government tools.

It’s value observant that while containers are generally deliberate to be rather lightweight, Windows Server Docker images tend to be flattering vast (Amazon says to design about 9.66 GB). Getting started with Windows Containers on ECS is also still a bit some-more concerned than regulating Linux containers.

As enterprises demeanour into how they can take their comparison applications and move them to a cloud, Windows containers could infer to be an easy approach to lift and change them from bequest hardware to a likes of AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft’s possess Azure height (which has upheld Windows Containers for utterly a while now). Amazon clearly wants to get a square of this market by adding support for Windows Containers now.

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