Editorial Note: Before we talk about VMware’s latest portfolio, the original plan was for journalists to attend the official launch in San Francisco today and get the opportunities to speak to some of the people behind this. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VMware decided to cancel the global launch event in San Francisco and decided to have a virtual briefing instead. In fact, many international conferences we were supposed to attend had either been cancelled, postponed or opt for a virtual delivery. While the briefing today provided a different experience for us, we still were able to grasp the message.
Back in VMworld 2019, Pat Gelsinger unveiled VMware Tanzu, a new portfolio of products and services to transform the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes. This included a technology preview of Project Pacific which is focused on transforming VMware vSphere into a Kubernetes native platform in a future release. You can read more about our coverage from that here.
Today, VMware introduces the newly expanded VMware Tanzu portfolio for modern applications, and VMware Cloud Foundation 4 with Tanzu, the automated, turnkey hybrid cloud platform that now supports both traditional VM-based and container-based applications featuring the new VMware Cloud Foundation Services using Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and the new VMware vSphere 7 to drive developer productivity. With the most comprehensive software stack for modern applications—spanning application to infrastructure—VMware is uniquely positioned to enable and guide customers to develop new modern applications as well as modernise existing applications and infrastructure.
In a video briefing with journalists from Southeast Asia, VMware’s Sanjay K. Deshmukh, Vice President and Managing Director for Southeast Asia and Korea, explained that organisations are now wanting to accelerate application deployments. From their observation, modern applications are being built on containers, but existing apps still hold considerable value. Also, organisations are needing to run apps in multiple environments from on-premise to the cloud to the Edge. Companies that do this have an added advantage.
And this is where VMware Tanzu comes in. The App Modernisation Portfolio enables enterprises to deliver better software faster. Customers can use the suite to automate the modern app lifecycle, run Kubernetes across clouds, and unify and optimise multi-cloud operations.
Today, VMware is introducing the initial products in the VMware Tanzu portfolio:
VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid – Newly available, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid is a Kubernetes runtime that helps customers install and run a multi-cluster Kubernetes environment on the infrastructure of their choice. It is designed to run Kubernetes consistently across any environment including data centres, hyperscalers, service providers, and at the edge. It includes the industry-standard open source technologies needed to stand up and support a cloud-neutral Kubernetes environment, is packaged for enterprise readiness, and is fully supported by VMware.
VMware Tanzu Mission Control – Previewed in August 2019, Tanzu Mission Control is a centralised management platform for consistently operating and securing Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications across multiple teams and clouds. It provides operators with a single control point for consistent management across environments and increased security and governance. Developers have self-service access to resources so they can get code into production faster. This service is now available.
VMware Tanzu Application Catalog – Newly available, Tanzu Application Catalog delivers a customisable selection of open source software from the Bitnami catalog that is verifiably secured, tested, and maintained for use in production environments. The service gives developers the productivity and agility of pre-packaged apps and components while enabling operators to meet the stringent security and transparency requirements of enterprise IT. This service was originally previewed as Project Galleon in August 2019.
Following the completion and integration of the Pivotal team by VMware, the Tanzu portfolio has also expanded and included new additions to the portfolio while helping enterprises to further increase developer velocity and holistically observe and monitor apps running in multi-cloud environments including Kubernetes-based environments, and simplify the way they connect, monitor and secure microservices.
Shaun Norris, Field CTO, Asia Pacific and Japan, Modern Applications Platform Business Unit for VMware pointed out in a nutshell, the benefits of VMware Tanzu for customers include the automation of the modern application lifecycle, allowing them to run Kubernetes across any Cloud and unify the multi-cloud operations.
With that said, how will these products work in this part of the world? Interestingly, DBS Bank in Singapore has already begun its journey with VMware Cloud.
“As the world’s best digital bank, DBS’ aspiration is to be a tech company that happens to provide financial services. That ambition requires significant investment in the latest technology solutions. In the course of our journey, we have found that VMware provides us with two attractive value propositions. One is helping us to solve the challenge of managing large containers and Kubernetes at scale, with technologies like vSphere 7 with Kubernetes and VMware Tanzu Mission Control and the second is the modern application development expertise that we get with VMware Tanzu and Pivotal Labs. Both of those matter to us as we are constantly investing in our cloud infrastructure and rearchitecting our applications to be even more cloud-ready so that we can stay one step ahead of our customers.” Jimmy Ng, Chief Information Officer, DBS