VMware partners with Docker

VMware is partnering with Docker, Google, and Pivotal to integrate Docker containers into VMware’s virtualization software line. Why? Because containers could have been a direct rival to VMware’s virtual machines. For VMware to bring Docker into its tent means that the company believes it’s better to join them than to fight them.

This isn’t a half-hearted effort, VMware claims that it “will bring to bear its compute, management, storage, networking and security capabilities to container environments.” What Docker gets out of the deal, besides yet another IT powerhouse partner, said Scott Johnston, Docker’s senior VP of business development, is more customers. “You’ll start to see VMware introducing Docker to its users through its marketing and sales channels.”

Specifically, VMware and Docker will be collaborating on enabling Docker Engine on VMware work-flows from build to deploy for VMware vSphere to VMware vCloud Air. In addition, they will be collaborating on Docker-related open-source projects libswarm, libcontainer, and libchan.

Google and VMware will also be working with Google’s Kubernetes. This is Google’s open source container cluster manager. With it administrators can schedule multiple container replicas across virtual machines instances. VMware is working on bringing Kubernetes to VMware vSphere to make it easy for enterprises get started with container management. Finally, all the partners are collaborating on enhancing Docker’s libcontainer project with capabilities from Warden. This is a Linux Container technology originally developed at VMware for Cloud Foundry. It provides a simple API for managing containers.

ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/vmware-buys-into-docker-containers-7000032947/

Docker Blog: http://blog.docker.com/2014/08/docker-vmware-1-1-3/

VMware Press Release: http://ir.vmware.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=867568