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Will containers kill the virtual machine?

Brandon Butler | April 16, 2015
As container hype sweeps across technology, what does it mean for VMs?

Microsoft this month released a new "nano" operating system that will support containers running on Windows OS (read more about Windows Server Container here.)

Expect other companies to come out for support of containers too. VMware, for example is the predominant purveyor of virtualization software and has announced initial commitment to supporting containers. Mathew Lodge, one of the company's cloud executives, says that running containers inside a VM allows users to maintain the security and management controls they are used to while using the new technology. Running containers directly on bare metal would require the provisioning of network and security connections, which the VM can handle in a management system like its software.


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