Where the rubber meets the road. And I am saying this in a very positive way.
As I was walking back to the hotel on Tuesday I met a guy in the elevator and the 22 floors ride was a super short discussion about the opening comment he made: “so how did you like the conference? I personally thought it was too Enterprise”. I think he nailed it.
Dockercon Europe 2015 was (almost) all about security, UI, RBAC, and Ops. And on-premises solutions too. There couldn’t be a better way to have big enterprise organizations to pay attention than using those terms.
Docker has seen an unprecedented uptake in the last 2 years mostly around developers and possibly around very mature teams embracing the DevOps model which is at the intersection between developers and IT. The Exhibit was very well attended and I would probably say that there were a couple of themes in the solutions being demonstrated by the established vendors and startups on the floor.
The first theme was related to how to move the needle from being able to deploy a single container to a solution that provides orchestration and automation for full stack fruition. This includes discovery services, which was another hot topic during the breakout sessions I attended.
The second theme was related to how to get IT to endorse this and fill the gap that exists today between developers (that love Docker) and IT guys (that have a set of different problems to solve).
We believe that VMware is in a formidable position to help the industry “come together”.
We are investing heavily in helping our customers to embrace and consume containers in a way that isn’t disruptive (in a bad way). We are working on a number of fronts to facilitate this transition with new tools and technologies.
For example, we consider vSphere Integrated Container as an on-ramp to Docker for those customers that have standardized and invested heavily in vSphere. There were lots of questions about this at the booth at Dockercon. Stay tuned for more info on this front.
You can already find (and download) a lot of the technologies we have released in the last few months at our GitHub account http://vmware.github.io/.
Today, I want to give a shout out to Photon Controller which is the latest addition to our arsenal. We have released Photon Controller as an Open Source Software project and it’s currently in Technical Preview.
Photon Controller is a highly scalable distributed control plane that allows customers to aggregate (at scale and very efficiently) a high number of hypervisor hosts and carve out resources that a tenant (e.g. Developer) could use very easily and automatically to instantiate a mix of SWARM, Kubernetes and MESOS clusters on-premises.
If you want to run containers at scale within your datacenters, Photon Controller is for you.
Go get it here along with the instruction on how to set it up in a test environment. Play around with it and let us know what you think.