WinDocks: .NET and SQL Containers with Docker Commands, Now Available in AWS Marketplace with a No-cost Community Edition

WinDocks, the first production released Windows container system using Docker commands, and is now available as a no-cost Community Edition and through the AWS Marketplace.

Bellevue, Washington (PRWEB) May 16, 2016

WinDocks, the Practical Windows container, announced a no-cost downloadable Community Edition, providing Windows professionals no-cost access to .NET and SQL Server containers using Docker commands. The company also announced availability of WinDocks products in Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace), including a no-cost virtual machine (VM) based on the WinDocks Community Edition (AWS usage fees apply).

The WinDocks Community Edition includes the full WinDocks features, with a limit of five containers:

  • Windows Server 2012 with .NET and SQL Server containers using the Docker API and commands;
  • WinDocks creates containers in seconds, and supports a team of developers or testers on a single VM;
  • Proven workload portability between on-premises and the AWS Cloud; and
  • 1-Click® provisioning with a pre-configured AMI in AWS Marketplace

WinDocks is based on a port of the Docker Engine, a leading container standard. Using WinDocks containers, organizations can start Docker-based development and operations, and align with Microsoft’s support of the Docker API in Windows Server 2016. Industry surveys show that Windows Server 2012 will continue to grow share-of-usage for the next three to four years (source:

WinDocks is already used to provide workload portability between on-premises and the cloud. WinDocks has collaborated with NetApp to demonstrate a containerized application that is provisioned in the cloud, using a private ~1 TB database, in just 45 seconds (see ).

To download the community version, or launch a Community Edition AWS VM, visit

WinDocks is a team of former Microsoft engineers focused on bringing the benefits of Docker based containers to the Windows user community. WinDocks is a port of the Docker engine to Windows Server 2012, and provides support for .NET, SQL Server, and Windows application in containers with Docker commands and API support. WinDocks delivers support for the full Microsoft technology stack, and provides customers with a compatible migration to native support in future releases of Windows Server 2016.

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