vSphere Integrated Containers and Photon Platform – VMworld 2015


VMworld 2015 cloud native applications

A great start to VMworld 2015 Europe today. Lots of big announcements but one I wanted mention was  vSphere Integrated Containers and the new Photon Platform. These two new products will allow companies to build and run applications inside containers.

Containers are becoming an increasingly popular technology in the developer world and provide an alternative to the widely used virtual machines. Developers have been using VMware and virtual machines to develop apps for a considerable amount of time. So why this shift in technology, why are developers moving to containers.  The simple answer is containers are a lot smaller than virtual machines, have lighter resource footprint and deliver faster startup and performance.

So what are vSphere Integrated containers ? They are meant to work on top of a companies’ existing vSphere environment for running virtual machines in on premise data centres.

The Photon platform is what it says on the tin. This is a new platform dedicated for companies who are building new applications. The new platform also comes with something called “VMware Photon controller” a control plane that will be open source.

The Photon platform will also have a new VMware Photon machine and a new ESX Microvisor which has derived from VMware’s ESXI hypervisor.

Anyone fancy having a go with the Photon OS, please see the links below:

Photon VMware Page

Running Photon on VMware fusion

Photon on vCloud Air

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