VMware Adds Open Source Edge Support to Pulse IoT Center

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

VMware announced the intent to support key open source IoT software components to enable increased flexibility and agility for customers as they deploy VMware Pulse IoT Center.

 To take full advantage of IoT, enterprises need to leverage the data they are generating at the edge to create value across their business.  Customers want the flexibility and choice to build or buy the right application for each IoT use case, leverage the right devices and endpoints, and process data where it makes sense: at the edge or in any cloud.

Today’s IoT solutions rely on open source components.  VMware intends to help its customers be successful in IoT by delivering end-to-end software support across the spectrum of components in IoT including open source software.  By providing the support of these open source projects, VMware is taking a leadership position in helping advance the adoption of IoT.

Customers who deploy any combination of EdgeX Foundry, Project Photon OS, or LIOTA with VMware Pulse IoT Center will be able to rely on VMware for support with both Pulse IoT Center and the complementary open source software.  When used with Pulse IoT Center’s device management capabilities, these open source tools offer developers increased control over how, when, where, and with whom they run their applications and manage their data.

Together, the four components form an integrated software stack.

  • VMware’s Pulse IoT Center is a secure, enterprise grade edge infrastructure and IoT device management solution that simplifies the process of getting started with IoT, automates management at scale, and extends IT security standards to Edge and IoT infrastructures while optimizing the value of IoT data.
  • EdgeX Foundry is a highly-flexible, open source microservices framework for building plug-and-play IoT edge solutions.
  • LIOTA is an open source orchestration agent that routes IoT data from edge devices into VMware Pulse IoT Center.
  • Photon OS is a Linux container host optimized for cloud-native applications, cloud platforms, and VMware infrastructure.


The EdgeX project has built a broad developer community since launching within the Linux Foundation in April of 2017.  In addition to benefitting from VMware support, the EdgeX community will be able to take advantage of both open source and commercial applications as well as additional support and integration services created within the growing EdgeX ecosystem.

The LIOTA and Photon OS open source projects were developed by VMware and continue to be supported by their communities.  Photon OS was recently updated and we invite the open source community to collaborate in the Photon OS and LIOTA projects.

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