VMware Enterprise Container Infrastructure 


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.

Introduction to vSphere Integrated Containers

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Introduction to vSphere Integrated Containers

Learn how to containerize your critical enterprise workloads.

vSphere Integrated Container Use Case: App Repackaging

Repackage your existing apps with vSphere Integrated Containers and run them in production alongside your existing workloads

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vSphere Integrated Container Use Case: Developer Sandbox

Offer your developers a ticketless environment to on-demand access container resources.

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What’s Included in vSphere Integrated Containers 

Deliver a production-ready enterprise container solution to your development teams with these three key components.

  • The vSphere Integrated Container Engine is a Docker Remote API-compatible engine deeply integrated into vSphere for instantiating container images run as VMs, including support for distributing images to remote and branch offices.
  • The Container Management Portal helps app teams manage the container repositories, images, hosts, and run container instances. RBAC with support for LDAP/AD.
  • The Container Registry securely stores container images with built-in RBAC and image replication. It provides vulnerability scanning and content trust with security policies, plus it supports third-party registries.

vSphere Integrated Containers Architecture

vSphere Integrated Containers Architecture


vSphere Integrated Containers for Banking Workloads

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vSphere Integrated Containers for Banking Workloads

Hear from the VMworld stage how DBS Bank optimizes critical workloads with vSphere Integrated Containers.

VMware Containers Features and Options

Find out how to quickly and easily start using containers with the deployment model that works for you.

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Run Containerized Apps Alongside Existing Workloads

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.

Combine Portability with Security, Visibility, and Management

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.

Leverage Your Existing Infrastructure and Scale Easily

Use your existing SDDC to avoid costly and time-consuming re-architecture of your infrastructure that results in silos. Scale application deployments instantly.

Provide Developers with a Docker-Compatible Interface

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.

Open Source Projects

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.


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Project Harbor


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.


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Project Admiral


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.


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vSphere Integrated Containers

What is vSphere Integrated Containers?

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.

Which versions of vSphere support vSphere Integrated Containers?

vSphere Integrated Containers is supported by vSphere 6.0 and above.

Does vSphere Integrated Containers support multi-tenancy?

Yes. Every Virtual Container Host can be backed by a resource pool thus creating a boundary to separate your tenants.  

Does vSphere Integrated Containers support image signing and vulnerability scanning?

Yes. With vSphere Integrated Containers you can sign and verify the signature of images, scan images for vulnerabilities, and restrict the use of images based on their signature and vulnerability scanning status.

How do I purchase vSphere Integrated Containers?

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

What kind of technical support is available for VMware vSphere Integrated Containers?

vSphere Integrated Containers support is already included with your existing vSphere support and subscription. There is no additional subscription required.

Is vSphere Integrated Containers Open Source?

Yes, all the components of vSphere Integrated Containers including Harbor, Admiral and vSphere Integrated Containers Engine are open sourced and available on Github.

How do I get started?

See the documentation to learn more about vSphere Integrated Containers, and try the Hands-on Lab.