Pivotal Container Service (PKS)
August 29, 2017
VMworld 2017, VMware and Pivotal Software in collaboration with Google
Cloud, unveiled Pivotal Container Service (PKS), a new product that
enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready
Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), with
constant compatibility to Google Container Engine (GKE). The new
offering is expected to become available in calendar Q4 2017, and ship
as a standalone product able to integrate with Pivotal Cloud Foundry® (PCF)
and VMware's software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure.
Pivotal and VMware are applying their deep enterprise expertise to
launch PKS, a commercial release of the open source Kubo technology, to
help Global 2000 companies operationalize Kubernetes. Software teams
that have decided on containers as their unit of deployment need a
reliable, scalable container orchestration platform like Kubernetes. PKS
will help operations teams deliver a hardened, maintainable container
platform, while giving developers on-demand access to a production-ready
environment featuring high availability, security, and multi-tenancy
across private and public clouds.
In November 2016, Pivotal and Google Cloud partnered on Kubo, a joint
engineering effort to bring the multi-cloud deployment capabilities of
Pivotal Cloud Foundry (via BOSH) to Kubernetes clusters -- providing a
uniform way to instantiate, deploy, and manage highly-available
Kubernetes clusters on any cloud. As enterprises and developers agree
upon on a common standard for managing containers, VMware has teamed up
with Pivotal and Google Cloud, and is committing significant R&D
resources to jointly develop Kubo and build solutions on top of it that
enhance the operational readiness of Kubernetes.
The initial release of PKS will feature Kubernetes via BOSH, VMware NSX®,
and a jointly developed version of Open Services Broker API that allows
easy integration of GCP services into PKS applications. PKS will feature
cross-cloud security and network connectivity including container
network interface (CNI) compatible services powered by NSX. PKS will be
seamlessly integrated with VMware vSphere, enabling customers to use
VMware's unified SDDC infrastructure for containers and VMs.
Moreover, a critical benefit for enterprise customers will be PKS'
constant compatibility to Google Container Engine (GKE), which is
continuously powered by the latest Kubernetes release and features a
fully managed experience backed by Google SRE (Site Reliability
Engineering). As a result, PKS' constant compatibility with GKE will
bring users the latest container-native innovations in a secure and
consistent environment. With PKS and GKE, users will gain the workload
portability, operational simplicity and agility to speed business
PKS to Offer Deep Integration with VMware Infrastructure and Management
PKS customers will be able take advantage of deep integrations with
VMware infrastructure and management offerings for:
Enabling persistent storage for
stateful applications via the vSphere Cloud Provider, which provides
access to vSphere storage powered by VMware vSAN or traditional SAN and
Automation and governance for
enterprises via vRealize Automation™ and provisioning of service
provider clouds with VMware vCloud Director,
Monitoring and troubleshooting of
virtual infrastructure via VMware vRealize Operations, and
Metrics monitoring of containerized applications via Wavefront by
PKS Preconfigured for Google Cloud Platform
PKS will include a jointly developed and maintained implementation of
Open Services Broker API and will be continuously compatible with GKE.
This will make it easy for PKS users to incorporate innovative GCP
services like BigQuery, Spanner, and Machine Learning in their
applications, and will provide fast and easy application portability
between PKS and GKE.
Pivotal and VMware to Bring PKS to Market
Fully supported by Pivotal and VMware, PKS will be best suited for
large- to mid-sized enterprises as well as service providers. Pivotal
and VMware will both sell the product directly, via their respective
channels, and via the VMware Cloud Provider™ partner program. PKS will
also be brought to market by Dell EMC on VxRail Appliances and VxRack
Systems, which offer a foundation of proven hyper-converged
infrastructure and data protection.
"Acquiring the technical capabilities and the transformative culture
associated with modern software companies is a matter of competitive
urgency for most enterprises. To adapt, organizations need to provide
their developers modern application development platforms to enable them
to ship code continuously," says Rob Mee, CEO at Pivotal. "Pivotal and
VMware, in partnership with Google Cloud, bring you Pivotal Container
Service, a powerful new way to deploy and operate Kubernetes."
"We see an open hybrid cloud ecosystem forming based on many
technologists and providers coming together on Kubernetes, and Pivotal
Container Service is a great way to run containers and Kubernetes on
premises," says Sam Ramji, VP Product Management, Developer Platforms,
Google Cloud. "It gives you native access to Google Cloud services, and
it's on the same release cadence as Google Container Engine. With
Pivotal Container Service plus Google Container Engine, you get constant
compatibility, and your services, and workloads are deployed the same
way, anywhere you need them."
has partnered with Pivotal and Google, industry leaders in the
application development platform space, to deliver an enterprise-ready
Kubernetes solution integrated with VMware's software-defined data
center infrastructure," says Sanjay Poonen, Chief Operating Officer,
Customer Operations, VMware. "Pivotal Container Service is purpose-built
to deliver Kubernetes that is easy to deploy and operate, ready for
developer consumption, while addressing the operational needs of IT.
This new solution is unique in its ability to enable developers and IT
to work as one."
"There is very high interest by enterprises today in Kubernetes for
container orchestration," says Gary Chen, Research Manager,
Software-Defined Compute, IDC. "Pivotal Container Service's focus on
operationalizing Kubernetes with built-in cluster deployment and
lifecycle management, security and network connectivity for containers
via NSX and constant compatibility with the latest release of Kubernetes
and Google Container Engine, offers IT shops plenty to consider. IDC
research shows that most enterprises are seeking a commercially
supported Kubernetes solution and PKS has VMware, Pivotal and Google
lined up to support it."
PKS is expected to become available in calendar Q4 2017. Pricing details
to be released upon general availability.