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VMware Tanzu to shape the future of Kubernetes for VMworld

by Aron Raj, DSA Journalist

Note from DSA Editor: If you had a question about containers or hypervisors. It should now be very clear. It is not either-or, they can, will and must coexist. Back at Dell Technologies World, Pat Gelsinger talked about Kubernetes as "middleware for the cloud era". We are now seeing it play out. VMware is shouting loudest and matching their words with actions. If you are responsible for IT infrastructure and are not already deep into containers, its time, you started to take a serious look.

VMware, Inc. unveiled VMware Tanzu, a new portfolio of products and services to transform the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes at VMworld 2019. This includes a technology preview of Project Pacific which is focused on transforming VMware vSphere into a Kubernetes native platform in a future release; and VMware Tanzu Mission Control—a single point of control from which customers will manage all their Kubernetes clusters regardless of where they run. With the recently announced definitive agreement to acquire Pivotal, VMware will be positioned to deliver the most comprehensive enterprise-grade Kubernetes-based portfolio for modern applications.
 
VMware Tanzu products and services will help enterprises build modern applications, run Kubernetes with consistency across environments, and manage all their Kubernetes clusters from a single control point. The capabilities include:
 
Building Modern Applications with a Modern Software Supply Chain 
VMware has made significant investments to offer a comprehensive portfolio of developer tools and a modern software supply chain.
 
Running Modern Apps Leveraging Kubernetes 
The introduction of VMware Tanzu anchored on the announcement of Project Pacific, focused on transforming VMware vSphere into a Kubernetes native platform—unlocking its potential for the hundreds of thousands of vSphere customers. This breakthrough re-architecture of the platform will enable enterprises to accelerate development and operation of modern apps on vSphere while continuing to take advantage of existing investments in technology, tools and skillsets.
 
Managing Multi-cloud, Multi-cluster Infrastructure 
VMware Tanzu includes a tech preview of VMware Tanzu Mission Control. With VMware Tanzu Mission Control, customers will have a single point of control to manage all their conformant Kubernetes clusters regardless of where they are running—vSphere, public clouds, managed services, packaged distributions and do-it-yourself (DIY) Kubernetes. The new service will offer broad capabilities powered by VMware’s extended product portfolio.
 
Following his keynote address at VMworld, Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware elaborated further to the press on VMware Tanzu Portfolio. 
 
According to Pat, Tanzu carries the ideas of Containers and Kubernetes which comprehends the Build with Pivotal, Run and Manage for customers to bridge between the developer world and operational world. It brings those worlds together via Kubernetes. 
 
“It’s a large business. And if we look particularly at Pivotal, we believe as we move to Kubernetes, we can accelerate the growth rate with them in a meaningful way. We will be seeing new versions of vSphere that will be adding those capabilities. We see Tanzu Mission Control as becoming a large business to make this container environments in a multi cloud manner.”
 
He added, “But we have a lot of work to do. We believe in laying out a comprehensive strategy. We are excited with Pivotal and now we got to deliver. This is the best strategy for Kubernetes and now we got to execute them.”
 
Relating to Project Pacific, Pat was asked what the added value was of bringing vSphere into Kubernetes. 
 
“When you think about that value propositions, you got to think when you are going to have all your applications move from Containers to Kubernetes.”
 
The most active migration and modernisation processes are going to take decades. The idea of being able to mix these environments is super powerful.
 
“Secondly, how many deployments of containers are done on bare metal vs virtual machines. And the answer is they are all running on virtual machines.” 
 
Pat said this is because Kubernetes is largely about solving operation and applications issues. And virtual machine solves infrastructure and network security. 
 
“They are complimentary. Fusing them together as we are doing with project pacific is actually that ability to bridge between the developer world and operators world. This is probably the most significant re-architecture of vSphere in the last decade.”
 
As Pat puts it, it’s not about how we run Kubernetes on top of virtual machine but how we deeply integrate the Kubernetes construct in the VMware and also rebuild vSphere on Kubernetes as well. 
 
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