At VMworld US in San Francisco in August, Pat Gelsinger and Joe Beda were on stage to announce VMware Tanzu as a portfolio of products and services for customers that want to build, run and manage their applications on Kubernetes. Now here we are at VMworld Europe in Barcelona having made rapid progress toward our VMware Tanzu vision:
RUN enterprise Kubernetes. We are fast converging on a single, ubiquitous Kubernetes runtime. We are committed to providing customers with an upstream-aligned rendition of Kubernetes that they can deploy at the edge, on public clouds and on-premises, including fully embedded in vSphere. On that point, we announced Project Pacific—our effort to embed Kubernetes in vSphere—has reached beta.
MANAGE Kubernetes for Developers and IT Operators. We introduced VMware Tanzu Mission Control (TMC) as a single policy and management engine for all Kubernetes clusters (whether those clusters live on VMware or another cloud). As we demo that offering to enterprises leveraging Kubernetes across multiple teams and clouds, I see eyes light up. And when we explain how TMC APIs will allow operators to enable developer self-service, it really clicks. Tanzu Mission Control is already in limited deployment with a set of design partners.
BUILD a modern software supply chain. We believe that Kubernetes creates opportunities to drive developer productivity. For example, Bitnami allows developers to grab applications and components to quickly assemble and deliver their own applications on Kubernetes. Now we’ve announced Project Galleon to allow enterprises to bring the Bitnami catalog into their organization, apply customizations (OS, configurations, agents, etc.) and make a curated, continuously maintained set of components available to their developers. When the Pivotal acquisition closes, we’ll have a number of new products, services and talent to super-charge the BUILD portion of the portfolio.
Let me pick up on this last pillar, because while the acquisition is pending, I get a lot of questions about the future of the Pivotal Platform. Since Pivotal and VMware already share many customers, I know from experience that enterprises value Pivotal Application Service (PAS) for the ‘CF Push’ experience that automates infrastructure configuration and gets code into production faster. We are intent on introducing that ‘CF Push’ experience to Kubernetes.
The Pivotal team has been transparent about their efforts to support PAS on Kubernetes in addition to virtual machines. Working with them, we see opportunities to both more tightly integrate the PAS experience with our Kubernetes runtime AND make PAS components more modular—that choice is expected by our enterprise customers.
After the deal closes, as our organizations come together and we evolve our collective portfolio, we will adhere to the following principles:
- Open source aligned. The VMware Tanzu portfolio depends on healthy open source communities. We are committed to be a top contributor to open source projects AND to building foundational technologies like cluster lifecycle management in the open alongside the community.
- Cloud neutral. VMware’s connection to all major cloud providers puts us in a unique position to help customers avoid lock-in to any one environment. That’s why our Kubernetes runtime can be run anywhere, and Tanzu Mission Control can manage any Kubernetes cluster, regardless of where it resides.
- Modular components. While we will continue to invest in an integrated PAS stack, we will also introduce discrete, modular components. Principled APIs and clean interfaces between systems will allow customers to build infrastructure and processes that match their needs.
- Easily consumed. The greatest value we can offer customers right now is the ability to start with their current infrastructure. PKS allows customers to get started with Kubernetes today in vSphere and native public clouds (AWS, GCP, Azure) with a consistent and enterprise ready solution. With Project Pacific, customers get benefits from Kubernetes in vSphere without any additional training or coding. And when customers need help, they’ll have access to the largest cadre of cloud native services experts, in Pivotal Labs or at their site via Kubernetes Instructors and Architects.
- Community focused. Bringing together the communities around vSphere and Kubernetes will have huge positive impacts for our customers and partners; beyond that, we will bring the communities around Bitnami, Spring and Cloud Foundry closer to Kubernetes for even greater impact.
We are excited about the VMware Tanzu portfolio, and we’ve seen it cause ripples and reactions amongst competitors. We want to be very clear about our intent to lead our customers forward as their strategic partner in application modernization.
There’s no need to wait. Customers can get started now with PKS, request to join the next wave of Project Pacific beta and get an early look at Tanzu Mission Control. It’s awesome to see such rapid progress, so let me close by offering my respect, appreciation and thanks to the VMware and Pivotal team members who have been working so hard to make VMware Tanzu possible!
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