Last update of the Docker Enterprise platform, announced last week, provides, along with support for the latest versions of Windows Sever, a migration program for businesses wishing to convert apps for outdated versions of this operating system.
According to Spiceworks, up to 70% of Windows Server applications still run on the 2003-2008 versions of this operating system. This is a serious problem because Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows Server 2003 in July 2015, and Windows Server 2008 will end in the next two years.
Docker Enterprise 2.1 with Windows Server Application Migration Program gives enterprises the ultimate chance to keep old applications without official support from Microsoft, helping them to comply with the various new regulations.
Applications are packaged in Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 containers, which are then released on new versions of Microsoft's corporate platform. Customers can choose from Windows Server 2016, 1709, 1803 and 2019. These editions can work in a premium version or on Microsoft Azure cloud and Amazon Web Services.
The migration program includes: Docker Professional Services – help from Docker experts who make the most of customer activity; Docker Application Converter, which automatically searches for outdated software to migrate; Docker Certified Infrastructure to make sure post-migration applications work smoothly.
The new Docker has also received support for Windows Server 1709, 1803, and Windows Server 2019 (version 2016 was previously supported). Among other notable innovations – support for Kubernetes 1.11 and self-scaling modules (one or more containers with the same cluster IP address).