SQL Server containers are gaining popularity as a way of enhancing and standardizing development environments for Windows & Linux based SQL databases. SQL containers allow developers to have their ‘own’ dedicated copy of a database, usually without the need for extensive server infrastructures. Additionally, a single computer can host multiple containers, each with a different edition/version of SQL Server. This allows the user to quickly switch between environments, without the need to reinstall. Currently, a popular option for implementing containers on Windows-based computers uses Docker.
For those not familiar with containerization, here is a Microsoft article on Windows containers.
I’d definitely prefer to use Linux containers, even on Windows machines. But if Windows-based containers is your thing (or you need to use them for some reason), Jamie’s got you covered.