Does anyone actually use Windows containers? How is it? I'm not the most connected person, but I really want to know who's actually using this?
We had MS in our office a few weeks ago and even they were steering people away from windows containers unless you really had no other choice...
In my case this is probably above board, I inherited some servers with valid Windows Server licenses.
I'm not using it in production yet, but I've been watching it for a couple of years as it becomes more stable.
Still waiting on the next update (Windows 10 19H2) that lets you run windows containers build using older base versions on newer host OSes. Currently if the host and container image aren't the exact same version it will run in Hyper-V instead of as a light weight container.
I haven't actually seen a customer use Windows Containers in production yet, but with them becoming more stable I suspect we'll see more of it in the next year.
There's also the small matter of: nobody will help you with Alpine bugs or CVEs. You are on your own. For something like Windows, you can pay Microsoft for any level of care you feel makes business sense. Same for Ubuntu or Red Hat.
If you're using VM isolation, you need licenses for the containerized applications.
The "hack" of buying a small number of super beefy servers to save on licensing costs was plugged looooong ago.