VMworld 2016: VMware vSphere updates streamline container delivery in virtual environments

Andrew Cummings
September 1, 2016

VMware is helping IT enable developers to become more productive. "Relying on our enterprise know-how, we're delivering VMware vSphere Integrated Containers to dramatically simplify the delivery of containers and application services into production in virtual environments whether on-premises or in the public cloud".

The Palo Alto, Calif. -based virtualization and cloud technology provider also introduced technologies to ease the deployment of OpenStack clouds and unveiled new enterprise mobility management software.

Streamlined Keystone identity service is now a one-step process for setting up the identity management features of a cloud network. Customers now using VMware OpenStack Integration 2 will be able to take advantage of the built-in upgrade capability to seamless migrate to OpenStack Integration 3.

VMware originally announced vSphere Integrated Containers back in 2015, built around the Container Engine, which integrated with Docker, Kubernetes, and Cloud Foundry.

VMware has optimized and architected its management control plane to run full OpenStack in as few as two virtual machines.

As of yesterday, VMware Cloud Foundation will also support VMware Integrated OpenStack, so customers can deploy and operate their OpenStack clouds right on VMware's virtual infrastructure, either on premises or in the cloud, according to the company. Users can use the management control plane to build a small OpenStack cloud for ROBO and branch locations, in what VMware is claiming as little as 15 minutes. Not only that but the new version allows users to import existing VMware vSphere VMs into OpenStack, that means no time will be lost on key project workloads. Leveraging its expertise in building enterprise infrastructure and operational tools, VMware vSphere offers enterprise container infrastructure that helps customers meet strict SLA and security requirements to run containerized applications in production. Admiral will allow IT to deliver containers-as-a-service to application development teams so developers can model containerized applications by using VMware vRealize Automation. This means that IT can use VMware vRealize Operations and VMware vRealize Log Insight, that are tightly integrated with the OpenStack Integration, to deliver faster monitoring and troubleshooting of their OpenStack and virtual infrastructure.

Colbert also listed some container-minded partners for vSphere Integrated Containers, although he didn't give specifics of what they're up to. VMware is also offering a beta program for customers and partners alike.

"We chose OpenStack because we wanted a cloud computing platform that was more conducive to agile development", said Isa Berisha, global director, Platform Engineering, HedgeServ. "At this point I don't believe we have commercial support with Docker Inc., but we're very open and eager to work with, not just Docker, but the entire ecosystem", Karthik Narayan, senior product manager of Cloud Native Apps at VMware, told eWEEK.

The VMware vSphere Integrated Containers functionality demonstrated at VMworld 2016 USA will be available for customers to run on top of vSphere in the future. The OpenStack distribution is available at no cost to qualified customers running VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition™, VMware vSphere with Operations Management™ Enterprise Plus Edition, vSphere Standard Edition™ with NSX Advanced and VMware vCloud Suite®. Production-level technical support for VMware Integrated OpenStack including the OpenStack open source code is optional and available for purchase separately. Among the additional needs identified by VMware's container customers is a place to store containers securely, which is what the Harbor container registry is all about.

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