VMware brings AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville technology previews

VMware has announced two new technologies previews VMware AppCatalyst and Project Bonneville at DockerCon 2015.

VMware AppCatalyst is an API and Command Line interface (CLI) driven hypervisor which 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 company said new tool also features Project Photon, an open source minimal Linux container host, Docker Machine and integration with Vagrant.

Developers can download VMware AppCatalyst for Mac OS X at no cost from the AppCatalyst technology preview community site.

This apart, Project Bonneville will enable the seamless integration of Docker containers into the VMware vSphere platform and will support Docker containers on any x86-based operating system, including Windows.

Virtual administrators can use their existing operational and management processes and tools such as VMware vCenter Server without the need for new tools or additional training.


According to the company, Project Bonneville is optimized for Docker, 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.

Additionally, Project Bonneville and Instant Clone will make virtual machines lightweight enough to support one container per virtual machine.

“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,” said Kit Colbert, vice president and CTO, Cloud-Native Applications, VMware.

Few days ago, VMware said City of Avondale implemented VMware’s unified platform for the hybrid cloud to improve security and adopted VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery and virtualizes the network with VMware NSX to protect critical services.

Shilpa Khatri

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