Photon Controller Goes Open Source

Nov 18, 2015

VMware bids for a stake in the container industry with a bold effort to integrate containers with its classic virtualization system.

Virtualization giant VMware continues its effort to embrace the container business with the announcement that its Photon Controller tool has been officially released as open source. According to VMware, Photon Controller, which was officially announced in August of this year, is “… a new infrastructure stack optimized for containers and cloud-native apps.”

The container revolution has added complications to VMware’s market position as a leading virtualization alternative. Photon Controller will make it easier to integrate container support with VMware's virtualization management infrastructure, and it should put the company in a better position to compete with container management technologies from Docker, Google, and other vendors.

Open sourcing the Photon Controller should stir up activity among developers and integrators, which VMware hopes will lead to adoption of its complete virtualization and cloud management stack.

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