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vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) and VMware Photon Platform (VPP) are two new container-centric platforms available as first technology previews (TP1s) with private betas expected in early 2016. The first is an extension to vSphere that supports both traditional and cloud native applications. The second is a brand new, totally distinct offering that exclusively caters to cloud native ones.


  • VMware has applied a “less is more” philosophy to its own hypervisor technology and to third-party Linux technology. The objective is not only to deliver density and speed but also ease of management (by reducing management and updates footprint) and security (the fewer elements, the easier to secure).

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the various new technologies that VMware has recently launched to support containers (ESXi microvisor, Photon OS, Project Lightwave, and Project Bonneville)
  • Undestand the various new platforms that VMware has recently launched to support containers (VIC, VPP) and related DevOps offerings (AppCatalyst and vRealize Code Stream)

Key questions answered

  • What are the new technologies that VMware has created to support containers? How do they relate to traditional VMware offerings?
  • What are the new platforms that VMware has create to support containers? How do they relate to traditional VMware offerings?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

VMware has quickly built a portfolio of container-related technologies

  • The “less is more” approach of ESXi microvisor and Photon OS delivers density, speed, security, and ease of management
  • The Instant Clone feature also delivers density and speed
  • Project Lightwave delivers security
  • Project Bonneville maps containers to vSphere

VIC and VPP expand VMware’s market reach

  • vSphere Integrated Containers targets VMware’s core audience
  • VMware Photon Platform targets a new developer constituency

VIC and VPP complement new DevOps-centric offerings

  • VMware AppCatalyst expands developer support from runtime to development and testing
  • vRealize Code Stream connects development, test, and production environments in a DevOps context


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