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A Lightweight Linux Operating System : Photon OS Optimized For Cloud-Native Applications

The launch of two new open source projects – Photon OS and Project Lightwave is going to help our clients for protecting and securely build, run, and control their cloud-native applications.

Over the last few years, observing a close look at delivery vehicles for cloud-native apps like containers and the Linux distributions. We realized the need to expand our customers’ abilities for developing and running cloud-native apps.

Our clients let us know they needed to take leverage of new technologies like containers which permit them to simply package their applications as well as expand and scale them at real-time, hence it was targeted to provide easy portability of containerized applications between on-prem and public cloud.

We knew that our customers required an environment which provided consistency from development via production, for smooth integration and implementation and speed time to market.

To address such challenges, Photon OS, a lightweight Linux operating system for cloud-native apps, was introduced.

Photon is optimized specifically for vSphere and vCloud Air, offering an easy way to customers to extend and scale their current platform with VMware and execute modern, distributed applications using containers.

Photon provides the following advantages:

▪ Support and back, the most popular Linux container formats containing rkt, Docker, and Garden from Pivotal
▪ Minimal footprint (about 300MB), to offer an efficient environment for executing containers
▪ Seamless shifting of container workloads from development to production
▪ All the management, security, and orchestration benefits already offered with vSphere offering system administrators along with operational simplicity

Open sourcing of Photon OS has encouraged widespread contributions debugging, and testing from partners, customers, prospects, and the developer community enlarge.

It is duly available today on GitHub for forking, testing, and experimentation; the binary is also present on JFrog Bintray. We’re even building it simply accessible for developers by packaging it with Vagrant and making it available via Atlas with our friends at HashiCorp.


By providing Photon, we are able to give integrated support for all aspects of the infrastructure, adding to the leading storage, compute, networking, and management observed today.

Customers are going to get benefitted from end-to-end testing, interoperability, and compatibility, with the available rest of our software-defined data center and End-User Computing product portfolios.

Via integration with Photon OS and the newly introduced Project Lightwave, customers might enforce security and governance on container workloads, for instance, by assuring only validly authorized containers are run on authenticated hosts by authorized users.

Forward collaboration with customers, developers, and partners optimize containerized applications running in VMware environments.

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Angeela Palin
Angeela Palin
Angeela is Techarex Networks' Content Marketing Associate for Intuit products. She has worked as an eCommerce and Marketing Strategist for the last five years, helping businesses with software implementation for Customer Service, CRM and Email Marketing. Angeela thrives in helping companies find the right software solution for their projects. Aside from his obvious passion for Marketing, Angella admits to being a foodie and travel enthusiast.

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