by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces New Capabilities For Its vSphere Integrated Containers

Today at VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas, VMware Inc. announced that it would be adding new capabilities to its VMware vSphere Integrated Containers. VMware states that these new capabilities will enable IT teams to provide a compatible Docker interface to their app teams, running on their existing vSphere infrastructure. The capabilities include a new container registry and management console.

As more enterprises are embracing cloud-native software to build modern applications they are looking more and more to container technologies as they help increase productivity and portability. VMware vSphere builds off of its expertise in building enterprise infrastructure and operational tools to offer container infrastructure that enables customers to meet strict SLA and security requirements to run containerized applications in production.

Introduced last year at VMworld, vSphere Integrated Containers allows IT teams to support any application, including containerized applications, on a common infrastructure. VMware indicates that the technology has the ability to accelerate container initiatives by giving IT teams the ability to leverage their existing investments in VMware infrastructure, people, processes and management tools. In addition, the new solution will give developers the flexibility, portability and speed containers deliver as well as the ability to easily integrate with other container ecosystem solutions such as CoreOS Tectonic, Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere’s Data Center Operating System and Cloud Foundry. This year VMware has introduced two new features:

  • Admiral – A built-in container management portal for VMware vSphere Integrated Containers that developers and application teams can use to accelerate application delivery.  IT will be able to deliver Containers as a Service (CaaS) to application development teams.
  • Harbor – An enterprise container registry that is built into VMware vSphere Integrated Containers. Based on Docker Distribution, VMware has added several enterprise features including user management and access control, policy-based image replication, support for audit and logs, a RESTful API for integration, among many others.

VMware is making vSphere Integrated Containers available as open source software to provide access to the code for customers, partners, and the community at large. This gives users visibility into updates, direct access to file issues, the ability to contribute code back to help VMware evolve the code. VMware is also offering a beta program for customers and partners alike. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers will also be supported by VMware Cloud Foundation enabling customers to run containers on-premises or in the cloud.

VMware is also announcing the lauch of a partner program that will allow third-party solutions including container registries and management consoles to be validated with VMware vSphere Integrated Containers to offer customers greater choice. This partner program is aimed at VMware and its partners helping customers accelerate their adoption of cloud-native applications.


VMware vSphere Integrated Containers is available today as open source software from GitHub and registration for the beta program is open. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers can be used by customers running VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition, VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition and VMware vCloud Suite.

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers on Git Hub

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