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Red Hat OpenShift supports both Windows and Linux containers

Date 08 Jan 2021
Category Vendors/Products
Posted By Brittany Day
LS Hmepg 337x500 7

Most container work is done with Linux - but the fact that some jobs are also done with Windows-based containers can't be ignored. Now Red Hat makes it possible to manage both Linux and Windows containers with Kubernetes via OpenShift.


Containers are largely a Linux technology. But Microsoft, besides supporting Linux containers on Windows 10 and Azure, also has its own Windows-based containers. So it is that many Microsoft-oriented companies run both Linux and Windows containers. After all, these days, there are more Linux virtual machines (VM)s and containers running on Linux on Azure than there are Windows Server VMs. But managing Linux and Windows containers with one interface is not such an easy trick.  So, I expect Red Hat to find many customers for its latest OpenShift Kubernetes feature: The ability to run and manage both Linux and Windows containers from one program.

To pull off this trick, Red Hat OpenShift 4.6 uses the Windows Machine Config Operator (WMCO). This is a certified OpenShift operator based on the Kubernetes Operator Framework, which is jointly supported by both Red Hat and Microsoft. 


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