VMware today announced the intent to support key open source IoT software components to enable increased flexibility and agility for customers as they deploy VMware Pulse IoT Center.


To take full advantage of IoT, enterprises need to leverage the data they are generating at the edge to create value across their business. Customers want the flexibility and choice to build or buy the right application for each IoT use case, leverage the right devices and endpoints, and process data where it makes sense: at the edge or in any cloud.


Today’s IoT solutions rely on open source components. VMware will help our customers be successful in IoT by delivering end-to-end software support across the spectrum of components in IoT including open source software. By providing the support of these open source projects, VMware is taking a leadership position in helping advance the adoption of IoT.


Customers who deploy any combination of EdgeX Foundry, Project Photon OS, or LIOTA with VMware Pulse IoT Center will be able to rely on VMware for support with both Pulse IoT Center and the complementary open source software. When used with Pulse IoT Center’s device management capabilities, these open source tools offer developers increased control over how, when, where, and with whom they run their applications and manage their data.


VMware Open Source and Commercial Software list


Together, the four components form an integrated software stack.

  • VMware’s Pulse IoT Center is a secure, enterprise grade edge infrastructure and IoT device management solution that simplifies the process of getting started with IoT, automates management at scale, and extends IT security standards to Edge and IoT infrastructures while optimizing the value of IoT data.
  • EdgeX Foundry is a highly-flexible, open source microservices framework for building plug-and-play IoT edge solutions.
  • LIOTA is an open source orchestration agent that routes IoT data from edge devices into VMware Pulse IoT Center.
  • Photon OS is a Linux container host optimized for cloud-native applications, cloud platforms, and VMware infrastructure.


The EdgeX project has built a broad developer community since launching within the Linux Foundation in April of 2017. In addition to benefitting from VMware support, the EdgeX community will be able to take advantage of both open source and commercial applications as well as additional support and integration services created within the growing EdgeX ecosystem.


The LIOTA and Photon OS open source projects were developed by VMware and continue to be supported by their communities. Photon OS was recently updated and we invite the open source community to collaborate in the Photon OS and LIOTA projects.


By extending support to this IoT development software stack that includes open source components, VMware is helping customers to accelerate getting new development environments up and running, while keeping those environments both open and flexible. Customers can deploy applications on any cloud and write data to any application, while also developing their own custom applications more quickly. In adopting this collection of software, enterprises can leverage the innovation and enhanced developer productivity created by open source communities as well as the benefits of a single point of contact for support. In addition, the stack will be optimized to work with x86- and ARM 64-based hardware, including edge gateways and several development boards from Raspberry Pi and NXP, extending opportunities for VMware customers to develop and test innovative new IoT edge systems.


Dell will be among the first to make this IoT development software stack available with their edge gateways through the channel.

“We’re thrilled to offer the first-to-market hardware for this optimized software solution,” said Bryan E. Jones, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OEM & IoT Solutions, Dell Technologies. “By supporting a curated mix of commercial and open source software, VMware is helping our customers move toward complete IoT solutions, reaping the benefits of the very best software available for IoT management and edge computing.”


“Building on our announcement in January around the Open Retail Initiative, Intel is working with trusted technology companies like VMware to address the lack of interoperability across business applications,” said Tom Lantzsch, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Internet of Things group, Intel. “Together, we are building a foundational framework that will allow companies greater access to data through interchangeable components and provide innovators across the ecosystem with tools to build Edge to Cloud solutions that are EdgeX ready.”


“We are pleased that VMware is supporting NXP’s Layerscape LS1012A Arm®-based processor with Photon OS and the Pulse IoT Center,” commented Ron Martino, Vice President and General manager, i.MX applications processor line for NXP Semiconductors. “The software solution clearly addresses an obstacle that has slowed the deployment of large IoT systems and is a strong pairing with NXP’s secure, scalable Arm-based Layerscape and i.MX applications processor families for the Industrial IoT.”


VMware’s portfolio of Edge and IoT solutions has been expanded with the VMware Cloud on Dell EMC solution, announced at Dell Technologies World. VMware is focused on providing a more secure digital foundation at the Device Edge and Compute Edge so enterprises can optimize business value from their edge and IoT solutions.


For more information about VMware’s Pulse IoT Center, visit the Pulse IoT Center product page. You can also contact VMware sales, request a demo, or try VMware’s Internet of Things Hands-on Lab.