We are pleased to announce the release of vSphere Integrated Containers 1.3. This newest version enhances stability and delivers a new graphical-user interface to guide users through the creation of a Virtual Container Host (VCH).
Create and Delete Wizard
With more and more customers looking to vSphere Integrated Containers as an easy way to provide their end-users with a Docker API consumption model on top of VMware vSphere, we wanted to simplify the initial setup and provide a guided workflow for creating Virtual Container Hosts.
Extending the existing vSphere HTML5 client plugin, vSphere Integrated Containers 1.3 adds the capability to create and delete VCHs from the familiar vSphere Client interface.
The create wizard walks you through all of the configuration steps to deploy a VCH, providing you with helpful hints to guide you along the way. From this user interface, you can also view the VCH creation log (useful for troubleshooting), as well as download the VCH certificate. Finally, the user interface also allows you to delete VCHs, with the option to preserve persistent data. The following video demonstrates how simple it is to deploy a VCH using the new wizard:
Stability and Performance Enhancements
Our customers are continuously discovering new, real-world use cases for vSphere Integrated Containers. To better support those use cases, we have spent engineering efforts to improve product stability, specifically in the areas of concurrency and scalability.
The Management Portal has undergone a significant architecture change, as it now uses an improved consistency model that provides faster updates and enables a more consistent view between the portal and the status reported by the underlying container hosts.
In addition, we have improved our support for third-party container registries as well.
vSphere Integrated Containers is available with versions 6.0 and 6.5 of vSphere Enterprise Plus. To obtain the latest official release of vSphere Integrated Containers 1.3, visit the vSphere Integrated Containers downloads page. Please contact your VMware representative if you would like to schedule a technical deep dive session.
For more information about vSphere Integrated Containers 1.3, please check out the vSphere product page on the VMware website and stay tuned to the Cloud-Native Apps Blog and our Twitter account (@cloudnativeapps).