What is vSphere Integrated Containers?
vSphere Integrated Containers comprises of three main components, all of which are available as open source projects on Github:
- VMware vSphere Integrated Containers Engine, the container runtime for vSphere, allows developers who are familiar with Docker to develop in containers and deploy them alongside traditional VM-based workloads on vSphere clusters. vSphere admins can manage these workloads through the vSphere Web Client in a way that is familiar. For more information about vSphere Integrated Containers Engine, see the vSphere Integrated Containers Engine page on vmware.github.io.
- VMware vSphere Integrated Containers Registry (VMware Harbor), the enterprise container registry, is an enterprise-class registry server that stores and distributes container images. Harbor extends the Docker Distribution open source project by adding the functionalities usually required by an enterprise, such as security, identity and management. For more information about Harbor, see the Harbor page on vmware.github.io.
- VMware vSphere Integrated Containers Management Portal (VMware Admiral) BETA, the container management portal, provides a UI for developers and app teams to provision and manage containers, including retrieving stats and info about container instances. Cloud administrators will be able to manage container hosts and apply governance to their usage, including capacity quotas and approval workflows. When integrated with vRealize Automation, more advanced capabilities become available, such as deployment blueprints and enterprise-grade Containers-as-a-Service. For more information about Admiral, see the Admiral page on vmware.github.io.
NOTE: Admiral is not currently fully supported with vSphere Integrated Containers.
With these three capabilities, vSphere Integrated Containers enables VMware customers to deliver a production-ready container solution to their developers and app teams. By leveraging their existing SDDC, customers can run container-based applications alongside existing virtual machine based workloads in production without having to build out a separate, specialized container infrastructure stack. As an added benefit for customers and partners, vSphere Integrated Containers is modular. So if your organization already has a container registry in production, you can use that registry with the other components of vSphere Integrated Containers.
For more information, see the official vSphere Integrated Containers product page on vmware.com.