In this session, we’ll explore the technical foundation of containers and the emerging uses of containers with SQL Server. While containers are old hat on Linux, and the only way to reproduce the behavior of multiple instances on a single machine, the offer a variety of benefits on Windows too. For example, they are extremely fast to create, invoke, and run – and they licensed differently. We’ll also show how the WinDocks solution compares to Microsoft’s, and of course other technical benefits offered by containers.
Our speaker is Paul Stanton, a co-founder of WinDocks, a provider of an independent port of Docker’s open source to Windows. Paul is a former Director at Microsoft involved in early multi-user support for Windows with Citrix, in addition to internetworking initiatives with Cisco, Bay Networks, and Windows NT-based routing. In recent years, Paul was involved in Docker with ActiveState for Cloud Foundry, and Red Hat’s OpenShift. Paul’s team at WinDocks is composed of former Microsoft engineers and their independent port of Docker’s open source to Windows focuses on container support for SQL Server, and supports all editions of SQL Server 2008 and up on Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, and Server 2016.