SAN FRANCISCO: Leading cloud and data center vendor, VMWare announced a slew of solutions that will have a far reaching impact on the future of cloud, and the way it is adopted and leveraged.
The vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon Platform will to empower enterprise IT operations teams to deliver containers in production on-premises and on vCloud Air, their public cloud.
VMware is expanding its cloud-native technology portfolio with two new projects that promise to improve the developer experience for building applications using container technology while addressing enterprise IT requirements. VMware’s cloud-native technology portfolio is being designed to meet IT requirements across security and isolation, service-level agreements, data persistence, networking services and management.
“Today, we are announcing foundation-level infrastructure that will enable customers to deploy cloud-native applications in production with confidence,” said Ray O’Farrell, chief technology officer and chief development officer, VMware. “It’s all about choice. Customers will be able to jumpstart their container initiatives”, he added.
For DevOps and software as a service (SaaS) organizations, running cloud-native applications at scale requires a container-optimized platform developed for high churn workloads and an API-first model. VMware demonstrated the VMware Photon Platform, which is purpose-built to meet this emerging need and features “just the right level of functionality” to run cloud-native applications at scale. Photon Platform is designed for DevOps teams planning to build out large pools of commodity computing capacity that solely run cloud-native applications. DevOps teams will have a choice of open container orchestration frameworks including Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Mesos and Cloud Foundry to run on the platform. The technology – components of which will be open sourced – will also support dynamic continuous integration environments, platform as a service (PaaS) or SaaS deployments, and sizable data analytics clusters running Hadoop or Spark.
With 2014 revenues of $6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners.
(Ibrahim Ahmad is the Group Editor of Voice&Data and Dataquest at CyberMedia India. He traveled to San Francisco on invitation from VMWare)