Windows Dataplane

Kubernetes security and observability across your choice of Windows, Linux, and mixed-node environments


Most enterprises have a Windows footprint, and Windows workloads are increasingly being modernized and migrated to containers and orchestrated with Kubernetes. Many users want to deploy a single solution for Kubernetes security and observability that works across both Linux and Windows workloads.

In collaboration with Microsoft, Tigera has leveraged the latest Windows HNS (Host Network Service) platform capabilities to deliver seamless security and observability for cross-platform Linux/Windows Kubernetes deployments on Calico Enterprise. Windows containers provide a modern way to encapsulate processes and package dependencies, making it easier to apply DevOps practices for Windows applications. Now you can automatically apply and enforce security policy in Windows Kubernetes Deployments.


Common Security Model Across All Environments

Provides a common security model that works across heterogeneous environments, including hybrid or multi-cloud configuration, with any Kubernetes distribution, and with VMs and bare metals

Available on Major Cloud Platforms

Microsoft AKS and AWS EKS users running Windows applications can extend this simple yet powerful Kubernetes security and observability model to their clusters


Provides investment protection with a single solution that supports Windows, along with the standard Linux and high performance eBPF data planes. With this approach, Tigera is future-proofing your decision to choose Calico Enterprise


Development teams can move Windows workloads such as .NET applications into a Kubernetes environment while Calico Enterprise handles the security and observability across both Windows and Linux.

Leverages a number of built-in Microsoft Windows Server networking features to deliver open networking interoperability and secure host-based policy enforcement, including host networking services (HNS), and virtual filtering platform (VFP).

Calico to enable a single solution for network policy and security that works uniformly across cloud and on-premises environments, running Windows and Linux based container workloads.

Works with any public cloud service in a hybrid or multi-cloud configuration, and with any Kubernetes distribution, and with VMs and bare metals. This makes it the logical choice for cloud architects and platform teams who want a solution that will easily adapt as their requirements change over time.

How It Works

Check out the Calico Enterprise for Windows Quickstart Guide to learn how it works. Install Calico Enterprise for Windows on your Kubernetes cluster in approximately 5 minutes.


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