Microservices and Windows apps

Microservices is a lot I hear, particularly in the cloud computing world, is there any relevance to Windows server apps?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Potentially, sure. It is all up to the developer.
alexwhite19800Author Commented:
Ok- so Still developer focused. Its' not like we can take COTS apps and "containerise" them?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
In theory, a sysadmin could "containerize" some apps. But  I wouldn't call them "microservices" specifically. Big apps could be run in containers too.

But all in all, unless the vendor/developer is willing to *support* them in a container, then I wouldn't ever suggest it in production. And if the vendor *does* support them in a container, chances are they'll offer a cleaner setup than forcing an IT Pro to create their own deployable, restartable, monitored docker image.

Containers and Microservices are not interchangeable terms, but both are pretty developer focused. Or devops focused at least. Traditional developer-then-IT shops won't be using containers much, and they'll be implementing microservices as part of the vendor's guidance, not caring whether it is "micro" or "web" or just a big instance in the sky.

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alexwhite19800Author Commented:
Thanks for the replies.

So to confirm my understanding - with Microservices (or Docker/Containers) these are really concepts to be utilised most by developers, rather than infrastructure architects (i.e. those that implement vendor solutions)?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
In a windows shop, yes. Linux has had containers a bit longer and I.T. is slightly ne likely to be responsible for continued care and feeding of a container once it has been deployed. I also expect this to become true in Windows, but windows has only had container support for a few months, so there isn't widespread "in production" workloads of that nature.
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