Building the platform for modern application development with Kubernetes

Posted on 02/01/2020

by Jean-Pierre Brulard, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Organisations across all sectors are now reliant on applications that can be developed and used within the business as quickly as possible, which is something I talked about in my last post. They need that capability in order to adapt to changing marketplace requirements. This necessitates having an infrastructure that can manage this agility, that can scale and that can handle workloads, whether traditional, cloud-native, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or other services, in multi-cloud environments.

In addition, organisations now see the majority of internally developed software being either cloud-enabled or fully cloud-native. To make that work requires a modernised infrastructure.

Fundamentally, that requires three things – consistent infrastructure, consistent operations, and intrinsic security. Put another way, we need to achieve simplicity if we are to enable the extraordinary.

I’m talking about a digital foundation, an essential, ubiquitous software layer that powers the applications, services and experiences transforming the world. One that provides the platform to drive business value, create the best environment for developers and help IT effectively manage existing and new applications across any cloud, to any device, with security built in.

It also helps developers develop quicker, across any infrastructure, whether public cloud, private cloud or at the edge. This is critical – as I previously mentioned, as the days of enterprises waiting five to six months for an application to be developed have to be consigned to the past.

The key to modern application development

This digital foundation supports the development and operations of cloud and container-based apps, where customers are increasingly turning to Kubernetes as the tool that automates infrastructure at great scale. By connecting developers and IT operators, Kubernetes is fast cementing its place as key to the future of infrastructure and software development.

That’s why we’ve introduced VMware Tanzu, a portfolio of products and services transforming the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes. Within that is Project Pacific, a beta program which supports enterprises in building Kubernetes into their software-defined foundations – in effect, futureproofing them for the moment when they are ready to use the technology. That could be on-premises or in a hybrid cloud – the point is, this is a real-life example of how we’re delivering consistency across platforms, using the technology enterprises are already deploying.

To oversee all this is VMware Tanzu Mission Control, a single point of management for Kubernetes clusters, regardless of where they are running. Again, this covers hybrid cloud, public clouds, managed services, packaged distributions – consistent operations, regardless of environment, that allows enterprises to build out the right platform to develop the apps they need

Of course, having a consistent way to operate and manage is one thing, but as I mentioned in my last post, it needs protecting as well. This is increasingly hard to do, with threats becoming more sophisticated at a faster rate than the solutions being deployed to fight them off.

Truly intrinsic security

To combat this, we need to reshape security. At the heart of this is intrinsic security, extending from workload to data center, multi-cloud to edge. We can see this is the only way enterprises can protect their modern application deployments without hampering the innovation and agility they need. We cannot talk about facilitating new experiences, new services or even new technologies without being clear on how they will be secured – not as a bolt on, but as much a part of each application as the data it lives on or the environment it operates in.

Our acquisition of Carbon Black, boosts our intrinsic security offering, helping customers with a complete and comprehensive approach to endpoint and workload protection. On top of that, it will deploy advanced cyber security analytics to help customers stop cyberattacks and accelerate response times.

As I mentioned in my last post, it doesn’t matter what industry you operate in – the modern app has become the definition of success. Hopefully I’ve given you some insights into how you can create the right environment for your organisation to create, run, manage, connect and protect these applications, and in doing so unlock the experiences your users will want to enjoy time and time again.


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