August 31, 2015
VMware on Monday launched a pre-emptive strike against the Docker revolution by introducing VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the VMware Photon Platform.
Designed to keep users with the VMware platform and its associated networking, storage and security services, VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon platform allow IT ops teams to deliver production containers on-premises and in VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud
Introduced as a technology preview, VMware vSphere Containers allows the integration of CoreOS Tectonic, Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere’s Data Center Operating System and Cloud Foundry, enabling IT teams to support any application on a VMware infrastructure.
VMware vSphere Integrated Containers features cloud-native technologies, such as Project Bonneville, Project Photon OS (formerly Project Photon) and VMware’s Instant Clone technology and builds out existing infrastructure services for security, storage, data persistence, networking, SLAs and management that many container technologies do not yet support in their infrastructures.
Project Bonneville assures the integrity and authenticity of containers and isolates and starts up each container in a virtual machine using the Instant Clone feature.
VMware vSphere Integrated Containers will also allow the provisioning of persistent data volumes for containers in vSphere environments and make use of VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols).
As for networking, VMware offers NSX, which supports container deployments now. With NSX, IT can micro-segment the network and apply policies for security to cloud-native applications. NSX can also integrate containers with the rest of the data center and be connected to quarantine, forensics and monitoring products and services.
Service Level Agreements can be maintained for container workloads via the VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler, VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere vMotion.
Further, vAdmins can use the VMware vCenter Server to manage containers and vRealize Suite.
In related news, VMware also previewed The VMware Photon Platform, which is designed to run cloud-native applications in green-field environments, and the Photon Controller, which the company will open source.
Designed for DevOps teams that are planning to build out pools of commodity computing capacity that run only cloud-native applications, the Photon Platform makes use of container orchestration frameworks including Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Mesos and Cloud Foundry.
VMware Photon Platform will include future integrations with VMware NSX, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vRealize Suite and features the VMware Photon Controller and the Photon Machine. The controller is a multi-tenant API-driven control plane that allows the creation of thousands of new containers per minute and a massive number of workloads. It will also incorporate Project Lightwave, which provides trust and security for containers.
The VMware Photon Machine will include an ESX Microvisor based on VMware ESXi that supports the Project Photon OS, a lightweight Linux OS.
Finally, VMware and Pivotal will offer joint solutions that incorporate VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon platform.
Project Lightwave is available now. Project Photon OS is also available now. The VMware Photon Controller is expected to be made available as a private beta in Q4 2015. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon Platform are expected to be in private beta in Q4 of this year, with availability in 2016.