Project Photon is VMware’s attempt at a lightweight Linux
operating system for containerized applications. It completes with Red Hat’s Atomic offering and Canonical’s Ubuntu Snappy. Photon is, understandably, optimized for VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Air environments.
Project Lightwave is VMware’s container identity and access management technology. The distributed nature of microservices-based applications makes it difficult for enterprises to maintain the identity and access of all interrelated components and users.