Get enterprise container infrastructure to help IT Ops run traditional and containerized applications side-by-side on a common platform with vSphere Integrated Containers. Supporting containers in their virtualized environments means IT teams get the security, isolation, and management of VMs, while developers enjoy the speed and agility of containers—all within vSphere.
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By leveraging the existing capabilities of vSphere, IT Ops can run containerized apps alongside traditional VMs on the same infrastructure without having to build out a specialized container infrastructure stack.
By running containers as VMs, IT teams can use vSphere’s core capabilities that are essential to running containerized apps in a production environment, such as enterprise-class security, networking, storage, resource management, and compliance.
Use your existing SDDC to avoid costly and time-consuming re-architecture of your infrastructure that results in silos. Scale application deployments instantly.
Developers already familiar with Docker can develop applications in containers through a Docker-compatible interface and then provision them through the self-service management portal or UI.
vSphere Integrated Containers has three main components, all of which are available as open source projects on Github.
vSphere Integrated Containers Engine
Allow developers familiar with Docker to develop in containers and deploy them alongside traditional VM-based workloads on vSphere clusters with enterprise container runtime for vSphere. vSphere admins can manage these workloads through the vSphere Web Client.
Store and distribute container images with an enterprise container registry. Harbor extends the Docker Distribution open source project by adding the functionalities usually required by an enterprise, such as security, identity, and management.
Provide a UI for dev teams to provision and manage containers with the Project Admiral management portal. Cloud administrators can manage container hosts and apply governance to their usage, including capacity quotas and approval workflows. Advanced capabilities are available when integrated with vRealize Automation.
vSphere Integrated Containers is a vSphere feature that allows VI admins to create container hosts that are deeply integrated with vSphere. Once provisioned by the VI admin, developers are able to use the Docker CLI and API to run images in secure Container VMs. This gives developers self-service capabilities while at the same time allowing VI admins to control resource allocation. Since vSphere Integrated Containers uses native vSphere constructs, it allows you to leverage your existing infrastructure, tooling, policies and processes to manage containerized applications.
vSphere Integrated Containers is available to all vSphere 6.0 and above Enterprise Plus customers. There is no additional license subscription required to use vSphere Integrated Containers. You can download it from myvmware.com.