VMware upgrades OpenStack distribution platform

"A significant challenge for most enterprises is moving their containerised applications into production considering the variety of operational requirements", said Ray O'Farrell, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VMware. Existing customers will also be able to upgrade to the new edition. Features in Mitaka, upon which VMware's implementation is built, include an improved experience in the cloud and simplified configuration for Nova compute service. Also, VMware has opened its registration for its beta program, which the company said lets developers get flexibility and speed from containers, and also gives IT leaders security and management capabilities for vSphere. That's the premise behind the Harbor container registry, which is based on the open-source Docker Distribution project, which in turn is the new version of the Docker registry, or Docker Hub, where Docker images are stored and deployed.

The introduction of Admiral and Harbor, as well as the new enterprise capabilities, will provide customers with additional management functionality and allow them to benefit from network automation and high-performance storage. New features in the release are expected to make deploying OpenStack on-premises clouds simpler and more cost-effective as well as allow customers to use existing VMware vSphere workloads in an API-driven OpenStack cloud. IT operations teams can use existing investments in VMware vRealize Operations and VMware vRealize Log Insight, which are tightly integrated with both VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vSphere, to deliver faster and easier holistic monitoring and troubleshooting of their OpenStack and virtual infrastructure, respectively.

Already a top 10 contributor to OpenStack, VMware latest OpenStack Integration is based off of the new Mitaka release. Customers and partners also have the option of registering to participate in the VMware vSphere Integrated Containers beta program.

Kit Colbert, CTO of the cloud platform business unit told attendees at VMworld 2016 that that enhancements to vSphere Integrated Containers now enables users to launch containers inside vSphere virtual machines. Additionally, VMware added a new Container Registry, a Container Management Portal as well as vRealize Operations compatibility. Initial partners include CoreOS, Hashicorp, Mesosphere, Pivotal and Rancher. "We have developed new stateless applications that were a ideal fit for containers which we run on our existing virtualisation infrastructure".

VSphere Integrated Containers are now a beta product and they are also open source on GitHub and Docker compatible. "VMware vSphere Integrated Containers offers us visibility into those containers while leveraging our existing know-how of vSphere environments and the operational procedures that we have in place". VMware vSphere Integrated Containers can be used by customers running VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition, VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition and VMware vCloud Suite.

  • Arturo Norris