VMware Lays Out Container Future at VMworld

At VMworld 2016 last week, VMware introduced VMware Admiral and Project Harbor to expand the way containers are deployed and managed through its vSphere Integrated Containers platform.

VMware and its partners and customers descended on Las Vegas this week for VMworld 2016. The annual event gives the company an opportunity to pitch its vision, share its upcoming product road map and convince customers and prospective customers to embrace its technology. This year, VMware seems to be all in when it comes to containers.

Al Hilwa, program director for software development research at IDC, attended VMworld and shared some thoughts. “The fact is, many of VMware’s customers are playing with containers and in some cases are putting them in production. However, these may not be the same teams running the enterprise. Containers in production are found today in new applications. They are definitely found in abundance at Bay Area startups and unicorns and at many tech companies typically known as industry disruptors. They are also found at the many digital transformation labs or centers of excellence at disrupted companies, running side by side with the traditional workloads. The reality is that these two types of IT are not yet integrated, and DevOps and continuous delivery workflows which predominate in one realm are still not typically practiced with traditional workloads.”


The question, then, is, how can we help established companies and traditional IT when it comes to containers? VMware’s answer is to bring the benefits of containers with vSphere Integrated Containers, to help address some of the security anxiety with containers while allowing IT to work with a brand/platform it knows and trusts.

“Additional technologies such as VMware Admiral and VMware Harbor will bring some of the attributes of cloud, like self-service and an enterprise container registry, to private cloud users,” Hilwa said. “This may be just the right ticket for the traditional side of IT to dip its toes in the container world. It may even help the two sides of IT get closer together.”

VMware Admiral is a built-in container management portal that is part of the VMware vSphere Integrated Containers platform. According to the company, VMware Admiral will help developers and application teams accelerate application delivery.

Check out the complete post at ContainerJournal: What’s VMware’s Vision for Container Adoption?

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