With Microsoft all set to end support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in early 2020, containerization specialist Docker is here early with a new tool designed to migrate Windows Server applications.
It has been launched as part of its Docker Enterprise 2.1 release, and goes by the name of “Windows Server Application Migration Program”.
The Redmond based company still sees use of its classic server operating system, even as newer versions of the OS have been available for years. It is primarily used by enterprises that are still running legacy applications and systems.
Docker describes the toolkit as the only way to containerize and secure legacy Windows Server applications in advance of the end-of-support deadline for Microsoft Windows Server 2008.
As Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer, Docker, explains:
“Traditional methods such as upgrading the underlying operating system or migrating applications on to new systems or the cloud, require significant resources and only serves to add to the existing technical debt.”
This latest release allows users to quickly discover, containerize and migrate Windows Server applications with immediate cost savings.
Docker, founded in 2013, has made a name for itself in the rapidly dynamic world of containers, which are basically units of software that package up code and all its dependencies so that applications run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another.
User of containers has surged as developers seek to build, manage and secure their applications without the fear of technology or infrastructure lock-in.
Getting back to the release, Docker Enterprise 2.1 adds support for Windows Server 1709, 1803 and Windows Server 2019 in addition to Windows Server 2016.
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