VMware Tanzu Community Edition GA
October 6, 2021
organizations come to grips with the reality of a permanent
digital-first world, the pressure to digitize and modernize operations
remains high. While this modernization is imperative, it’s equally
difficult; true digitization and transformation efforts are complex,
extensive, and must happen without compromising a company’s ability to
support ongoing business needs. Teams are challenged to build apps that
are more reliable, secure, intelligent, and adaptive and must deliver
them faster, at scale, and across any cloud. Today at VMworld 2021,
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is introducing advances to its VMware Tanzu portfolio
to enable management and operation of apps at scale and provide
developers with the autonomy to build and deploy apps on any cloud.
Introduced in its first beta1 at VMware SpringOne 2021,
Tanzu® Application Platform™ delivers a superior developer experience
for enterprises building and deploying apps and APIs on any Kubernetes.
It gets software teams to production faster and sustains them over time
by automating source to production pipelines and coordinating the
efforts of development and operations teams.
Developer tooling including IDE plugins: giving developers the opportunity to interact with the platform or its open source components easily and efficiently to execute important and frequent pre-commit development tasks
Intrinsic security: adding features for signing, scanning and storing images along the path to production
Service bindings: Operators can specify how endpoints and credentials from data services are exposed to workloads in a portable and Kubernetes-native way
Source controller: Enables app developers to create or update workloads from local source code
Convention Service: a framework for platform operators to configure policies of deployed workloads to enable that all workloads to follow the best practices
Introducing Freely Available Software to Experience VMware Tanzu
VMware Tanzu Community Edition is a freely available,
easy to manage Kubernetes platform for learners and users.
Community-supported, the open source software distribution can be
installed and configured in minutes on a local workstation or cloud of
choice, and automates end-to-end application delivery with a complete
platform for application developers, IT Operators and DevOps engineers.
Take on new challenges confidently with the same software used in Tanzu commercial editions. Proven, enterprise class software enables end-to-end application delivery automation today, while making sure that skills, knowledge and artifacts are fully transferable for use with Tanzu commercial editions.
Get up and running in minutes on a local workstation or in a preferred cloud environment. Users can quickly build a complete Kubernetes-based platform customized to their needs, and run it on a local workstation, in vSphere, or in a public cloud with compact, single node and multi-cluster configurations.
Additionally, VMware is announcing a free tier of VMware
Tanzu Mission Control—Tanzu Mission Control Starter is a multi-cloud,
multi-cluster Kubernetes management solution available as a SaaS
service. Users can leverage Tanzu Mission Control Starter to get global
visibility and policy control over Kubernetes clusters— whether
on-premises or in any public clouds. Users can combine Tanzu Mission
Control Starter with Tanzu Community Edition to get started on running
and managing Kubernetes-based containerized apps at no cost. And for
those not currently using Tanzu but running Kubernetes with other
providers (such as AKS, GKE, EKS), those existing clusters can be
attached to Tanzu Mission Control Starter to centrally manage them.
Drax Group is a renewable energy company engaged in
renewable power generation. “We looked at many solutions in the industry
for our IT modernization requirements and very quickly decided on VMware
Tanzu,” said Mark Leonard, director of IT, Drax Group. “VMware Tanzu
provided us a substantial benefit as it’s ready to go, easy to use, sets
our developers free and removes the complexities of using public cloud
tools where DevOps can sometimes become a burden. We launched an
industry-leading digital service for our customers, managing their
fleets of electric vehicles, and it runs on VMware Tanzu. This allows us
to deliver small reusable blocks of capabilities that can be easily
refreshed and built out to deliver scalable future-proof applications.”
In March 2021, VMware and NVIDIA announced an end-to-end
AI-ready enterprise platform that’s easy to deploy and operate. This
joint platform includes the NVIDIA AI Enterprise software suite, which
has been certified, optimized and supported by NVIDIA for VMware vSphere.
VMware is announcing that Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service, included in
VMware vSphere with Tanzu, is now integrated with NVIDIA AI Enterprise,
enabling customers to automate the delivery of containerized workloads,
and proactively manage apps in production.
is now bringing more self-service and DevSecOps capabilities, including
VMware Tanzu, to cloud provider partners. With VMware, partners can
offer customers fully managed developer-ready clouds on prem, as hosted
private clouds, or in VMware Cloud on AWS. The availability of VMware
Tanzu across all these environments enables partners’ customers to
quickly build and test cloud-native apps leveraging a managed Kubernetes
service. With VMware App Launchpad delivered through VMware Cloud
Director, for example, customers can access the building blocks they
need to develop their modern cloud-native apps and use this same
platform to then deploy their custom apps to production.