Today VMware announced two new projects which it will release as open source. Project lightwave is a standards-based, enterprise-grade, identity and access management service targeting critical security, governance, and compliance challenges for cloud-native apps. Project Lightwave supports industry-standard authentication protocols such as Kerberos, LDAP, SAML, and X.509, making interoperability with existing identities and identity providers possible. Support for certificate and key management can be managed using Project Lightwave as well.
Also announced today is another open sourced project named Photon. Project Photon is an ultra lightweight linux distribution specifically deigned for running containers. VMware announced support for Dockers ,rkt, and Garden with a minimal footprint of 300MB. Photon will be available in all the usual places you would expect to find open source VM images such as Vagrant.
The two projects will be released with native integrations and Lightwave will run directly on Photon. Linux containers are quickly becoming the norm these days and VMware is demonstrating it’s commitment to keep with the times and support these emerging technologies.