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The latest release of VMware Cloud Foundation brings brand new features for simplified management to the hybrid cloud platform. To help our customers build, deploy and run modern applications at scale, native Kubernetes capabilities are now built into the full hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) stack.

In previous #VCFacts blogs, we explored facts about our VMware Cloud Foundation solution, providing the talking points needed to advocate for its adoption. Begin reading at part 1 of the #VCFacts series here, and the latest in the series here. In this installment of our #VCFacts blog series, we’ll dive into even more facts about VMware Cloud Foundation, with a focus on how new capabilities in version 4 that support Kubernetes, cloud-native architectures, and app transformation can help your business.

Fact #1: VCF 4 brings you Kubernetes

VMware Cloud Foundation 4 natively integrates Kubernetes into the HCI stack, helping customers seamlessly manage complex Kubernetes environments. With Kubernetes integration via vSphere 7, customers can enjoy consistent infrastructure across cloud environments, empowering the rapid deployment of cloud-native applications. This integration supports both development teams and virtualization administrators. With this integration, developers can write a YAML file to deploy new services with Kubectl like they do with other Kubernetes objects. At the same time, admins can experience policy control and full visibility through vSphere.

Fact #2: VCF supports traditional VMs and modern container applications

Today’s hybrid cloud platforms must support more than just virtual machines. Developers need to use a variety of software and solutions to build modern applications and require software that can support that need. VMware Cloud Foundation 4 with the new vSphere 7 can now run containers side-by-side with VMs with complete Kubernetes orchestration integrated into the stack. The introduction of containerized app support to this iteration of vSphere enables modern workloads while continuing to support traditional VM-based workloads.

Fact #3: VCF reduces time to market for traditional VM-based as well as container-based applications

Infrastructure automation capabilities, together with vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, enables developers and IT operators to reduce time to market with increased agility. At VMware, we know that the key to building modern applications is developer agility. That’s why VMware Cloud Foundation 4 eliminates the burden of infrastructure off of teams with increased automation. VM-based and container-based applications can make it to market quicker when teams use VMware Cloud Foundation 4, as developers can deliver new applications faster without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure.

Fact #4: VCF is the primary route to market for VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid

VMware Cloud Foundation 4 includes Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, which enables customers to run a multi-cluster Kubernetes environment on the infrastructure of their choice. Developers can manage consistent, compliant, and conformant Kubernetes clusters with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid through Kubernetes tools and RESTful APIs. This Kubernetes runtime is vital to ensuring a successful deployment of complex, container-based apps, and microservices and is integrated with vSphere 7, allowing developers to move quickly. Tanzu Kubernetes Grid gives developers the velocity and flexibility of self-service while ensuring IT can maintain control and enforce policies in a secure environment.

Fact #5: VCF helps boost productivity through the availability of self-service APIs

VMware Cloud Foundation 4 delivers benefits to both development and IT operations teams by enabling the Kubernetes API services that developers want alongside the enterprise-class resilience and governance IT operators need. VMware Cloud Foundation 4 introduces VMware Cloud Foundation Services, which empowers organizations to drive API access to all core services. Development teams can get self-service access to VMware Cloud Foundation Services through Kubernetes and RESTful APIs. By accessing tools and constructs using Kubernetes APIs, developers can build and enhance applications quicker.

The latest version of VMware Cloud Foundation unlocks a new array for development teams, IT operators, and the modern, digital age business as a whole. Through natively integrated Kubernetes and support for VM-based and container-based applications, teams can increase productivity and move applications to market with greater agility than previously imaginable. To learn more about Delivering Kubernetes at Cloud Scale with VMware Cloud Foundation 4 check out this blog post.

 

Read the rest of the posts in our #VCFacts series here:


VMware Cloud Foundation Facts – Part 1

VMware Cloud Foundation Facts – Part 2

VMware Cloud Foundation Facts – Part 3

VMware Cloud Foundation Facts – Part 4

VMware Cloud Foundation Facts – Part 5