April 4, 2016

Windocks releases the first Container Engine for Windows based on Docker Inc's open source project

Community wins with Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server Containers

April 4, 2016, Bellevue, WA. Windocks announced today the release of Windocks 1.0, the first production released container engine for Windows based on Docker Inc's open source project. The release provides Windows developers, SQL Server DBAs, and operations personnel the opportunity to begin container-based development on Windows Server 2012, with .NET, SQL Server, and Windows application containers.

Windocks 1.0 is the culmination of years of development, four months of Beta testing, and collaboration with technology leaders NetApp, Cisco, and others. The Windocks NetApp collaboration has focused on use of Public cloud for application development and test, while ensuring security and control of enterprise data. A containerized application can be provisioned in the cloud, using a private ~1 TB database, in just 45 seconds (see ). Windocks containers are lightweight and a team is supported with identical container environments on a single VM.

The combination of SQL Server containers and NetApp storage using FlexClone(R) technology is a powerful combination , said Bruce Burns, Vice President of the NetApp Cloud Business Group. Enabling SQL Server customers to instantly launch new instances of their workloads, complete with writable snapshots of their data, drives agility and innovation for DevOps teams.

The Windows community is asking for Docker support on Windows Server 2012 with SQL Server containers. Industry surveys show that Windows Server 2012 will continue to grow share-of-usage for the next 3-4 years, and most organizations do not view Windows Server 2016 as a practical near-term solution.

Windocks is already used for a variety of use-cases:

  • Windocks containers are an agile business infrastructure, providing portability of applications between public cloud and on-premise use. Windocks containers deliver an average of 3-5X greater server utilization, resulting in VM consolidation with reduced license and support costs.
  • SQL Server containers are used for agile development and test, read-only analytics, and support for SaaS operations.
  • SQL Server containers support varied user configurations for Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Windocks containers support Jenkins for Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment.

Windocks is available in two versions. Windocks Standard includes .NET and Windows application containers. Windocks SQL+ adds SQL Server support. Developers licenses are available for $249/year.

Windocks is also available for a no-cost, cloud hosted Test Drive.

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