To help establish a microservices-based architecture, the company is also preparing a stripped down version of Windows Server, about a 20th of the size of the full OS, dedicated to running only containers. The Nano Server "strips out the GUI and the things people don't need when trying to run a cloud-based infrastructure," Schutz said. The Nano Server can be quicker to deploy, take up less disk space, and will be simpler to update.
Microsoft released a preview of the Nano Server this week, with the second preview release of Windows Server 2016.
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