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ESXi: on my list to try VIC (VMware Infrastructure Client you say? Née vSphere Integrated Containers Engine)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/08

On my research list: [Wayback] ESXi Host with No vCenter Server · VMware vSphere Integrated Containers 1.4 Documentation: Deploy a Virtual Container Host to an ESXi Host with No vCenter Server.

It is a small guide on [Wayback] vmware/vic: vSphere Integrated Containers Engine is a container runtime for vSphere.

vSphere Integrated Containers Engine (VIC Engine) is a container runtime for vSphere, allowing developers familiar with Docker to develop in containers and deploy them alongside traditional VM-based workloads on vSphere clusters, and allowing for these workloads to be managed through the vSphere UI in a way familiar to existing vSphere admins.

Given my virtualisation infrastructure is ESXi based, I need to contemplate on this, as there are basically two choices for me:

  • Install a docker host as a VM on the ESXi host and go all the way docker (which needs a very good thought on how many resources to allocate to the docker host)
  • Go the VIC way

Food for thought!

–jeroen

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