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By Wendy Cartee, Senior Director Product Marketing, Cloud-Native Applications

Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced that VMware has increased its participation to the Platinum level and Pivotal has joined as a Platinum member. This is a significant commitment to the CNCF community by both companies where projects such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, containerd, rkt, Fluentd, linkerd, gRPC, OpenTracing, CNI, Envoy, Jaeger, etc. are hosted. As a container geek, this is an exciting event for me, as the CNCF is the fastest growing open source project and so many interesting open source projects are now hosted by it.

It’s hard to believe that just about 2 years ago, in July 2015, CNCF announced Kubernetes version 1.0.  VMware was a founding member and our developers helped with pushing out releasing 1.0.  Since then, the community has grown exponentially, and VMware is proud to be part of the growth. Becoming a Platinum member made a lot of sense to continue fueling the growth and adoption by enterprise customers, many of whom are deploying Kubernetes and containers on vSphere alongside VMs.

For the past few years, VMware has made containers easy to adopt by introducing vSphere Integrated Containers or VIC.  VIC provides a virtual container host with Docker commands that essentially enables vSphere admins to serve up container environments to developers while leveraging vSphere tooling to manage and support containers without solving the challenges of containers, such as security, monitoring, logging, etc. Included with vSphere 6.x, VIC introduced many enterprises to containers without a forklift upgrade or operational risks, and our customers found it easy to learn and deploy containers.  VMware continues to enhance VIC, adding identity and access management (IAM), Docker container host, content trust, vulnerability scanning, etc. with the latest release of VIC 1.2.

To further advance the deployment of containers and cloud-native apps, VMware and Pivotal teamed up in collaboration with Google Cloud to announce Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS) just a few weeks ago at VMworld.  The first question I usually receive is “Why is the abbreviation PKS instead of PCS?” and the answer is K stands for Kubernetes.

PKS is a Kubernetes based container product designed to deliver production-grade orchestration and tools on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with constant compatibility to GKE.  Constant compatibility refers to development on mainline Kubernetes which leverages the latest features and patches for integration. This ensures that our customers will have the latest Kubernetes release fully supported through PKS by VMware and Pivotal.

PKS is based on Project Kubo, a joint engineering effort by Pivotal and Google to bring multi-cloud deployment capabilities of Pivotal Cloud Foundry® (via BOSH) to Kubernetes clusters. Project Kubo is part of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, which is also sponsored by VMware and Pivotal along with many companies who are building and supporting the open source application platform to grow the adoption of cloud-native apps. With NSX and Project Harbor integrated, PKS also provides advanced networking, RBAC, LDAP/AD, registry, content trust and vulnerability scanning for a comprehensive set of enterprise-class services.

It has been an amazing journey for CNCF and VMware, and there is much more in store. Being part of the CNCF community and VMware, I take pride in the company’s contributions at all levels. I look forward to working with our customers, partners, and the CNCF community to drive growth, innovation, and adoption in the years to come.