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VMware Lightwave™

Security for Container Ecosystem

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What is Lightwave

Project Lightwave is an open source project comprised of enterprise-grade, identity and access management services targeting critical security, governance, and compliance challenges for Cloud-Native Apps within the enterprise. Through integration with Project Photon, Project Lightwave can provide security and governance for container workloads. Project Lightwave can also serve a variety of use cases such as single sign-on, authentication, authorization and certificate authority, as well as certificate key management services across the entire infrastructure and application stack. Project Lightwave is based on a production quality code and an enterprise-grade architecture that is multi-tenant, scalable, and highly available multi master replication topology.

Project Lightwave is made up of the following key identity infrastructure elements:

  • Lightwave Directory Service - standards based, multi-tenant, multi-master, highly scalable LDAP v3 directory service enables an enterprise’s infrastructure to be used by the most-demanding applications as well as by multiple teams.
  • Lightwave Certificate Authority - directory integrated certificate authority helps to simplify certificate-based operations and key management across the infrastructure.
  • Lightwave Certificate Store - endpoint certificate store to store certificate credentials.
  • Lightwave Authentication Services - cloud authentication services with support for Kerberos, OAuth 2.0/OpenID Connect, SAML and WSTrust enable interoperability with other standards-based technologies in the data center.

Getting Lightwave

You can download the latest Project Lightwave source code from Github. Project Lightwave has been validated with Project Photon and should work with most Linux container run time hosts. You can also get Lightwave RPMs from Bintray.

Getting Started

We’ve provided a few guides to help get you started:

You can download the latest Project Lightwave source code and documentation including the README. Project Lightwave has been validated with Project Photon and should work with most Linux container run time hosts.


Lightwave™ is released as open source software and comes with no commercial support.

But since we want to ensure success and recognize that Lightwave™ consumers might fall into a range of roles - from developers that are steeped in the conventions of open-source to customers that are more accustomed to VMware commercial offerings, we offer several methods of engaging with the Lightwave™ team and community.

For our developer community, feel free to join our Google groups at:

For more general user questions, visit the Lightwave™ user forum in our Lightwave™ VMware Community.


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The Lightwave™ team will open the project to community contributions soon. Until then please feel free to fork the project and try out the RPMs and provide feedback in the support communities.


Lightwave™ is comprised of many open source software components, each of which has its own license that is located in the source code of the respective component as well as documented in the open source license file accompanying the Lightwave™ distribution.