Earlier today, VMware announced its intent to acquire Pivotal. With a focus on the intersection of modern application development and multi-cloud infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware have collaborated heavily in the last few years—co-developing software, taking products and services to market and contributing to the open source community. Multi-cloud infrastructure has become a requirement for enterprise organizations. Kubernetes harnesses the complexities of multi-cloud infrastructure while providing a standard abstraction for modern application development tools to be used on any cloud.
Together, Pivotal and VMware will transform how the world builds software on Kubernetes. VMware has been steadily expanding our products, services and expertise to help lead our customers’ cloud native journeys. Last year, we acquired Heptio for clear Kubernetes vision and community leadership. This summer, we acquired Bitnami to accelerate packaged application delivery for Kubernetes and connect the cloud native ISV Ecosystem with the needs of Enterprise software teams. Over the last 12 months, VMware has become a top 3 contributor to the Kubernetes project, collaborating and leading key SIGs that focus on enterprise readiness.
Our customers are excited about our approach to Kubernetes, but they’ve also been clear that cloud native infrastructure is a means to develop modern applications. And so our efforts and innovations are focused across three dimensions: Run | Manage | Build
1. VMware helps customers RUN open source Kubernetes across environments with consistency
The Kubernetes landscape is in constant motion. We believe to run Kubernetes with consistency, across clouds and capture the latest innovation, our customers should adopt open source Kubernetes. And so, open source has been the foundation of our flagship Kubernetes offering, VMware PKS. We co-developed VMware PKS with Pivotal to ensure consistent implementation on-premises, across public cloud(s) and at the edge.
VMware and Pivotal are fully aligned on Kubernetes. Pivotal recently announced they are focusing their expertise in building outstanding developer experiences on Kubernetes with multiple new and updated products (including PAS). VMware has been pushing the boundaries with Kubernetes, and at VMworld next week we’re going to push even further. Join us for some major announcements as we demonstrate our intent to be the leading enabler of Kubernetes.
2. VMware enables operators to MANAGE all their Kubernetes from one point of control, to free developers to focus on code
VMware and Pivotal customers include many of the world’s largest and most complex enterprises. As we consult on their cloud native practices, a pattern is emerging—they are managing ever increasing numbers of small Kubernetes clusters … and they are running those clusters across multiple environments.
This is the right use of the technology, but it risks introducing tremendous management burden. They need a way to manage Kubernetes across environments, and that’s a degree of openness that is not possible from a cloud service provider. Fortunately, we have a solution that Pat Gelsinger will announce on stage next week and Ray O’Farrell will demo for thousands of attendees.
3. VMware provides enterprises the products and expertise to BUILD modern applications with a cloud native supply chain
Once we have established consistent infrastructure and consistent operations, we are in a strong position to help our customers build modern applications on that footprint. But we need deep understanding of developers and a cloud native platform, and Pivotal offers both.
For the last 6 years Pivotal has been at the leading edge of modern software development helping enterprises transform how they build their most important applications.
- 1. Pivotal made Netflix-style microservices the de-facto software architecture pattern in the enterprise. Spring Boot is now downloaded over 75 million times per month and is the most popular Java developer framework today
- 2. Pivotal’s Platform has enabled developers to quickly and securely get code from development to production. Today over 750,000 application instances run on this platform
- 3. Pivotal Labs has helped some of the world’s biggest companies modernize their existing applications and development methods to quickly move to cloud
We know Pivotal, and Pivotal knows VMware. We share customers—many of our largest customers run Pivotal software at scale on VMware and our customers are asking us to come together. VMware and Pivotal share a commitment to the community—collectively we’re a force across Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry and developer technologies. And we share vision—we offer the most complete approach to application modernization on any cloud.
Together Pivotal and VMware are ready to help transform the way our customers build software on Kubernetes.
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