New VMware AppCatalyst Delivers an API-Driven Environment to Developer Laptops; Project Bonneville Will Enable Seamless Integration of Docker Containers Onto VMware vSphere
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – June 22, 2015) – Addressing the needs of organizations that want to build, deploy and run cloud-native applications, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today introduced two new technology previews — VMware AppCatalyst™ and Project Bonneville.
"VMware is focused on making the developer a first-class user of the data center through our cloud-native applications efforts," said Kit Colbert, vice president and CTO, Cloud-Native Applications, VMware. "Today we are furthering that commitment through the introductions of VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville. These innovations will help enterprises adopt cloud-native applications from building them through a simple and easy-to-use development tool to running Docker containers securely in production on VMware vSphere."
New Technology Previews Ease Development, Testing and Running of Containerized Applications
Unveiled today at DockerCon 2015, VMware AppCatalyst is an API and Command Line Interface (CLI)-driven hypervisor that is purpose-built for developers. A technology preview, VMware AppCatalyst offers developers a fast and easy way to replicate a private cloud locally on their desktop for building and testing containerized and microservices-based applications. The tool features Project Photon, an open source minimal Linux container host, Docker Machine and integration with Vagrant. VMware AppCatalyst is ready to be downloaded today for Mac OS X at no cost from the AppCatalyst technology preview community site here (registration required). The community site enables participants to provide detailed technology feedback and seek assistance.
Project Bonneville, a technology preview, will enable the seamless integration of Docker containers into the VMware vSphere® platform and allow virtual administrators to use their existing operational and management processes and tools such as VMware vCenter Server™ without the need for new tools or additional training. Optimized for Docker, Project Bonneville downloads containers from Docker Hub, and isolates and starts up each container in a virtual machine with minimal overhead using the Instant Clone feature of VMware vSphere. Together, Project Bonneville and Instant Clone will make virtual machines lightweight enough to support one container per virtual machine. Overall, the technology will offer containers security and isolation while providing admins with transparency into what containers are running where in their virtual environment. The technology is also architected to support Docker containers on any x86-based operating system, including Windows.
"Developers are rapidly adopting Docker to ship apps faster, whether to their private or public cloud infrastructures," said Scott Johnston, senior vice president of product, Docker. "VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville will make it easier for developers and IT/operations teams alike to take advantage of existing management, compliance, networking and security processes and tools to run Dockerized applications."
"VMware has made great strides to improve the local development experience with VMware AppCatalyst and its integration with Vagrant," said Mitchell Hashimoto, founder and CEO, HashiCorp. "Its APIs, ability to replicate a production environment, and integration with Vagrant will make the workflow from development to production even easier."
VMware at DockerCon 2015
VMware is a Gold Sponsor of DockerCon 2015 which runs June 22-23 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, Calif. VMware's booth (located at G9) will feature demonstrations of VMware AppCatalyst, Project Bonneville and Project Photon. Additionally, VMware's Fabio Rapposelli will present "Modeling Production Deployments on Your Laptop" featuring VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 2:35pm PT in Yerba Buena 14-15. Conference attendees can add this session to their calendar here: http://sched.co/3B5r.