Kit Colbert, vice president and general manager, Cloud-Native Applications Business Unit

Enterprises are increasingly embracing digital transformation initiatives today with an eye on accelerating their pace of innovation. Next-generation application architectures leveraging Linux containers and microservices are helping to speed up software development efforts. They have changed how enterprises build, run and update their applications.

As enterprises begin their journey from building to deploying their cloud-native applications into production, they encounter the same IT requirements they are all too familiar with–backup, compliance, disaster recovery, monitoring, security and more. Some enterprises are at a crossroads. Do they take a radical rip-and-replace approach? Is it possible to gracefully adopt containers and microservices relying on existing investments? How can they simultaneously support today’s applications and workloads while also investing for the future?

VMware is embracing containers and new models of operating while helping enterprises leverage existing technologies and resources to accelerate their cloud-native journey. Some enterprises are seeking to jumpstart their cloud-native initiatives on top of their current virtual infrastructure. While others seek a cohesive infrastructure stack to solve integration challenges.

Advancing and Expanding Containers-related Projects

This week at DockerCon 2016, VMware will demonstrate its support for Docker containers across compute, networking, storage and management. We have extended our software-defined data center solutions to support Docker to enable IT to easily respond to the cloud-native needs of enterprise developers.

In 2015, we introduced VMware vSphere® Integrated Containers™ and VMware Photon™ Platform to improve the developer experience for building applications using containers while addressing enterprise IT requirements. vSphere Integrated Containers provides IT with an easy on-ramp to containerized and traditional workloads, while Photon Platform promises a new, optimized stack for cloud-native only environments. vSphere Integrated Containers and components of the Photon Platform including the newly available Photon OS 1.0 are downloadable from VMware’s GitHub page.

Solving the challenges of networking and security is a key enabler for production deployments of Docker containers. In a vSphere Integrated Containers environment, enterprises are able to leverage all of the VMware NSX® platform’s rich networking and security features in a Docker environment today. These include per container networking and security services such as micro-segmentation, logical switching and routing and load balancing. Enterprises can also tap NSX’s rich ecosystem of partner integrations to enable advanced services such Next Generation Firewall, IDS/IPS, Advanced Malware Prevention and more. All of the above is available today thanks to the fact that vSphere Integrated Containers instantiate Docker images as virtual machines (as opposed to containers). Additionally, we’ll showcase a cutting-edge demo in our booth (G3) at DockerCon.

Our uniquely capable storage offerings, such as VMware Virtual SAN™, already serve thousands of enterprises running in virtualized environments. With the new Docker Volume Driver for vSphere (available today as a beta release), many of those same key capabilities are natively available to enterprises also running in containerized applications. This is one step on our path to delivering the benefits of our storage platform directly to developers of cloud-native applications.

Thousands of customers rely on VMware vRealize® Automation™ to simplify and accelerate the delivery of integrated multi-tier applications with application-centric networking and security across clouds. At DockerCon 2016, we will introduce Project Bellevue, a technology preview that will enable vRealize Automation to support containers. Project Bellevue capabilities such as modeling containerized applications in vRealize Automation unified service blueprints, provisioning container hosts from the vRealize Automation service catalog and managing container hosts will be demonstrated in the booth.

Foundational Infrastructure to Deploy Cloud-Native Applications with Confidence

In speaking with our customers about their cloud-native efforts, many of them are challenged with how they will move their containerized applications into production. They want to know how best to meet IT requirements across security and isolation, service-level agreements, data persistence, networking services and management. We’re aggressively investing time and resources to deliver a foundational infrastructure that customers can count on to deploy cloud-native applications in production.

VMware is a Gold Sponsor of DockerCon 2016 which runs June 19-21 in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. If you are at the show, visit us in booth G3. Additionally, be sure to attend a presentation from Guido Appenzeller, VMware’s Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security, titled “Run Docker Containers. In Production. Today” on Monday, June 20 at 11:45am PT in Room 618.