By Paul Fazzone, SVP and GM Cloud-Native Apps 


Today at VMworld 2018 Europe, I am excited to share some exciting news with our customers and partners specific to our expanded efforts around Kubernetes, an addition to the VMware PKS portfolio and a new partner program around PKS.  


Looking Forward to Welcoming Heptio to the VMware Cloud Native Team! 

VMware has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Heptio, a leader in the open Kubernetes ecosystem. Heptio’s products and expertise help organizations deploy and operationalize Kubernetes. (Press Release) 


VMware and Heptio have a shared mission to advance Kubernetes as an open framework for multi-cloud infrastructure. One that enables enterprise organizations to run modern applications on any cloud with a consistent deployment, security and operations model.  


After the deal closes, Heptio will be joining VMware having delivered Heptio Kubernetes Subscription (HKS) for its customers. HKS is not simply a distribution or a managed service, but a complete set of products, expertise (services and validated designs) and support offerings for enterprise organizations who need to deploy and manage upstream Kubernetes. It is packaged into a subscription that makes Kubernetes easy to get started and cost-effective to scale as customers grow their deployments.  


Together with Heptio, VMware will work to advance cloud native technologies alongside the open source community with focused efforts around our key open source projects, as well as expand contributions to harden and extend upstream Kubernetes after closing. Our shared goal will be to deliver a cloud-independent Kubernetes control plane for builders, operators and consumers of modern infrastructure and applications, with consistency and conformance across any cloud, and delivering the required enterprise services and tooling needed by the modern IT organization. Once part of VMware, Heptio’s open source projects, products and services will be integrated with VMware’s Hybrid Cloud and Native Public Cloud offerings including VMware PKS. 


On behalf of VMware and the Cloud Native Apps team, I look forward to welcoming Craig, Joe and the entire Heptio team to VMware. These are exciting times for the Kubernetes project and community, and Heptio has been an amazing shepherd, contributor and caregiver to this project since it was formed. Thanks to the Heptio team for your past contributions and in advance for the future leadership, guidance, and ushering you will no doubt continue providing to the community in the years to come. Read more about today’s news from Heptio’s CEO Craig McLuckie.


Introducing VMware Cloud PKS 

Across hybrid and public cloud today, there are two main operations models for Kubernetes. One is self-managed where enterprises install, deploy, manage, and operationalize Kubernetes directly with their own staff. The second model is to consume Kubernetes as a cloud service where users simply sign in and spin up clusters, but don’t have the responsibility to install, deploy, or manage Kubernetes directly. It is becoming increasingly common for enterprise organizations to embrace both operational models in different parts of their organization, but CIOs and line of business leaders are looking for solutions that are multi-cloud and offer consistent visibility, compliance, security and cost control mechanisms.  


To best support our customer’s business objectives and meet them where and how they want to operate, VMware now offers VMware Cloud PKS – a multi-cloud Kubernetes cloud service – alongside VMware PKS – enterprise software for building and deploying Kubernetes clusters. Currently offered as beta service on AWS, VMW Cloud PKS will be expanded to Azure and other clouds in the near future. Read more about VMware Cloud PKS offering and VMware PKS 1.2 (current release) 


VMware PKS Partner Competency Program 

VMware has announced the development of a VMware PKS Competency program to be available in Q1 of 2019, which will provide our partners detailed product and services enablement, certification, and the ability to resell VMware PKS and VMware Cloud PKS based solutions. With this competency, VMware partners will be able to tap into the wealth of knowledge and best practices around deploying and operating Kubernetes and Kubernetes- based applications to extend their existing DevOps, App Transformation, and Cloud Practices and better support our mutual customers. Read more about the planned program.  


If you are joining us at VMworld 2018 Europe in Barcelona this week, please check out the Cloud Native Apps track to learn more or swing by the VMware booth to speak to Kubernetes experts and get a demonstration of our current offerings.