VMware Cloud with Tanzu services delivers enterprise-grade kubernetes services

VMware has announced new advancements for VMware Cloud on AWS [1.], a multi-cloud computing infrastructure. The new innovations include a new portfolio of managed Kubernetes services to modernize apps on VMware Cloud.  The new functions will make it simpler and safer to run enterprise apps in VMware Cloud.  This new VMware initiative supports the need for customers to run their IT software in sovereign clouds, as well as technology previews that showcase the future of VMware Cloud.

Note 1. VMware Cloud on AWS is the preferred service for AWS for all vSphere-based workloads [2.]. VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise-class SDDC (Software Defined Data Center) [3.] software to the AWS Cloud with optimized access to native AWS services. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware Cloud on AWS integrates VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization products (VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN, and VMware NSX [4.]) along with VMware vCenter Server management, optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure.

VMware Cloud on AWS uses NSX-T to create and manage internal SDDC (Software Defined Data Center) networks and provide endpoints for VPN connections from the customer’s on-premises network infrastructure. This subnet is used by the vCenter, NSX, and HCX appliances in the SDDC.

Note 2.  vSphere is a server virtualization software application from VMware. It debuted in 2009 as the successor to the company’s flagship VMware Infrastructure solution and serves as a complete platform for implementing and managing virtual machine (VM) infrastructure on a large scale.

Note 3.  A SDDC network has two notional tiers:

  • Tier 0 handles north-south traffic (traffic leaving or entering the SDDC, or between the
    Management and Compute gateways).
  • Tier 1 handles east-west traffic (traffic between routed network segments within the SDDC).

Note 4.  NSX is a network virtualization and security platform that enables the virtual cloud network, a software-defined approach to networking that extends across data centers, clouds and application frameworks.

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The company said that together, the innovations will give VMware Cloud customers more tools to accelerate modernization of their enterprise apps, increase business agility and resiliency, and significantly reduce costs compared to existing approaches.

 

VMware Cloud on AWS is an integrated cloud offering jointly developed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware. 

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VMware Cloud with Tanzu services (see illustration below) is a new portfolio of managed Kubernetes services that will be available at no additional charge as part of VMware Cloud on AWS (see illustration above), for enterprise-grade Kubernetes on a fully managed, hybrid-cloud ready Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for all enterprise applications.

IT admins will be able to use the VMware vCenter interface to unify VM and container management on a common platform and provision Kubernetes clusters within minutes. Platform operators or SREs will be able to manage Kubernetes clusters consistently across clouds using Tanzu services as a multi-cloud Kubernetes management plane.

VMware Cloud with Tanzu services

Tanzu services include the following capabilities:

  • Managed Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service: ision Tanzu Kubernetes clusters within a few minutes using a simple, fast, and self-service experience in the VMware Cloud console. The underlying SDDC infrastructure and capacity required for Kubernetes workloads is fully managed by VMware. Use vCenter Server for managing Kubernetes workloads by deploying Kubernetes clusters, provisioning role-based access and allocating capacity for Developer teams. Manage multiple TKG clusters as namespaces with observability, troubleshooting and resiliency in vCenter Server.
  • Built in support for Tanzu Mission Control Essentials: Attach upstream compliant Kubernetes clusters including Amazon EKS and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid clusters. Manage lifecycle for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid clusters and centralize platform operations for Kubernetes clusters using the Kubernetes management plane offered by Tanzu Mission Control. Tanzu Mission Control provides a global visibility across clusters and clouds and increases security and governance by automating operational tasks such as access and security management at scale.

Tanzu services on the VMware Cloud on AWS platform brings together the three personas working on modern applications. vSphere Administrators manage virtual machines on-premises and in the cloud and allocate resources for platform operators to deploy workloads. The operators use Tanzu Mission Control to manage and maintain clusters across environments. Developers can create code using a flexible platform for container and virtual machine-based workloads.

The managed Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service, which is one of the Tanzu services, will enable admins to provision Tanzu Kubernetes clusters within a few minutes using a simple, fast, and self-service experience in the VMware Cloud console.

  • The underlying SDDC (Software Defined Data Center) infrastructure and capacity required for Kubernetes workloads is fully managed by VMware. Use vCenter Server for managing containerized workloads by deploying Tanzu Kubernetes Grid clusters, provisioning role-based access and allocating capacity for Developer teams.
  • One can manage multiple TKG clusters as namespaces with observability, troubleshooting and resiliency in vCenter Server.

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References:

https://blogs.vmware.com/cloud/2021/10/05/introducing-vmware-cloud-with-tanzu-services/

https://blogs.vmware.com/cloud/2021/10/05/vmware-cloud-tanzu-services-a-technical-introduction/

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Cloud-on-AWS/services/vmc-on-aws-networking-security.pdf

https://www.telecompaper.com/news/vmware-launches-new-advancements-for-vmware-cloud-including-tanzu-for-managed-kubernetes-services–1399488

https://www.vmware.com/products/vmc-on-aws.html

https://aws.amazon.com/vmware/faqs/

2 thoughts on “VMware Cloud with Tanzu services delivers enterprise-grade kubernetes services

  1. “Going forward, multi-cloud is at the center of gravity for everything we do,” said VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram said his opening keynote at VMworld.

    And then he announced VMware Cross-Cloud, which is a set of integrated services that the vendor says provides customers the flexibility to build, run, and secure applications across any cloud.

    “There are three key advantages you get with VMware Cross-Cloud services,” Raghuram said. “First: Go faster. With Cross-Cloud services, you can accelerate your cloud journey. Second: Spend Less. You get big gains and cost efficiency. And third: Be free. With Cross-Cloud services you get maximum flexibility and choice across any cloud.”

    The services include five key pieces:

    A platform for building and deploying cloud-native apps;
    Cloud infrastructure for operating and running enterprise apps;
    Cloud management for monitoring the performance and cost of apps across multiple clouds;
    Security and networking that spans customers’ multi-cloud environment to connect and secure apps;
    And a digital workspace to accommodate the distributed workforce and manage edge-native apps.
    Not coincidentally, VMware also announced new products or updates across all of these five areas.

    The vendor originally announced Tanzu Application Platform, its cloud-native app platform currently in beta, at its SpringOne developer event last month. Today, VMware announced new capabilities including more developer tooling and a framework for platform operators to configure policies of deployed workloads to ensure that all workloads follow best practices.

    For cloud infrastructure: VMware announced Project Arctic, a tech preview, that natively integrates cloud connectivity into vSphere and allows IT admins to access Cross-Cloud services through vCenter.

    Project Ensemble is VMware’s new unified control plane for VMware Cloud. It’s also a tech preview, and it provides a unified view across vRealize Cloud Management Services to monitor app performance and cost.

    At VMworld, the vendor added API and Kubernetes security capabilities to cover multi-cloud security and networking.

    And finally, VMware announced a new Edge Compute Stack — an integrated virtual machine and container-based stack for edge-native apps.

    “What is Cross-Cloud all about at the end of the day? It’s about giving you the power to make your own decisions and control your destiny,” Raghuram said. “I call this enterprise sovereignty.”

    Similar to data sovereignty, which involves controlling enterprise data where it resides, “enterprise sovereignty speaks at a higher level about preserving your freedom of choice, both now and in the future,” he said. “At VMware, we give you the freedom and control.”

    https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/vmware-ceo-flies-multi-cloud-flag-at-vmworld/2021/10/

  2. From SDx Central:
    The migration to multi-cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) models dominated the conversation at this year’s VMworld 2021 virtual event. And, according to VMware’s newly appointed CTO Kit Colbert, this transition is a win-win for customers and vendors alike.

    The transformation of services to SaaS models “is very good for the industry in the sense that it aligns with the incentives of vendors and with the incentives of the customer,” he said, adding that SaaS apps allow customers to deploy services in a matter of minutes at scale, or try a new feature, and they don’t have to download or install anything to do it.

    “It makes that experience so much richer for them that they can see that value and realize that value so much quicker,” he added.

    https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/vmware-cto-champions-saas-multi-cloud-as-win-win-strategy/2021/10/

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