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Microsoft brings Docker Datacenter to Azure Marketplace

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Microsoft at its DockerCon 2016 in Seattle announced the debut of Docker Datacenter on the Azure Marketplace. The new move by the Redmond giant is apparently aiming to expand its presence in the world of enterprises using open source technologies.

Mark Russinovich, Azure’s chief technology officer at Microsoft, showcased a Docker Datacenter-based container cluster that uses Azure resources and runs on a private cloud infrastructure managed by Azure Stack.

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Microsoft’s Azure Stack running Docker Datacenter-based container cluster

“Deployment from the Azure Marketplace using pre-defined ARM (Azure Resource Manager) templates simplifies and reduces the time to stand up Docker Datacenter and get productive,” Russinovich writes in a blog post.

Microsoft tied up with Docker to bolster its development towards Linux solutions. The partnership already resulted in the launch of some tools and extensions for Windows users. Most recently, Windows 10 got an update to let users natively use Docker on their systems.

SQL Server on Docker container

In addition to the new Docker Datacenter announcement, Russinovich unveiled SQL Server in a Linux-based Docker container. This new offering emerges as an extension of SQL Server on Linux and is targeted “to maximise portability and agility” for enterprises that use containers.

Microsoft’s SQL Server on Linux is presently available as a private preview. Users with the preview access will now be able to get SQL Server on Linux directly on their Ubuntu systems — just as a Docker image.

Open source success

Open source is turning out to be a huge success for Microsoft. Russinovich revealed at the conference that in the past year the company has gone from one in four of its Azure virtual machines running Linux to nearly one in three. The executive also considers that adoption of open source technologies is “critical” for CIOs around the world.