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VMware updates simplify Kubernetes adoption Featured


VMware vSphere 7 Update 1, VMware vSAN 7 Update 1 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 are said to streamline customer adoption of Kubernetes and provide support for stateful applications.

Furthermore, new Tanzu editions package portfolio capabilities addressing the most common customer scenarios.

"A year ago, we embarked on an effort to help customers succeed along each step of their app and infrastructure modernisation journey," said VMware COO for products and cloud services Raghu Raghuram.

"Today, we take a leap forward to unlock the potential of Kubernetes for hundreds of thousands of VMware vSphere customers. Our new solutions and offerings help remove the guesswork out of Kubernetes and provide the requisite capabilities needed to help customers' achieve their modernisation objectives."

VMware vSphere with VMware Tanzu purportedly provides a simple way for vSphere customers to get started with Kubernetes, taking advantage of existing investments to quickly set up and provision Kubernetes clusters to run modern applications.

VMware claims vSphere with Tanzu allows customers to configure enterprise-grade Kubernetes infrastructure with their existing network and block or file storage in less than an hour, and then use VMware vCenter Server to deploy Kubernetes clusters in minutes.

"Enterprise IT organisations have made Kubernetes a standard for container orchestration in most application modernisation projects; it's widely adopted by operations, DevOps, and development teams." said IDC program vice president for I&O and DevOps Stephen Elliot.

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 with VMware Tanzu introduces the vSAN Data Persistence platform, allowing ISVs to integrate modern stateful services such as NoSQL databases and object storage with the underlying infrastructure.

Dell EMC ObjectScale will be integrated and validated on the vSAN Data Persistence platform.

"Customers seeking to adopt agile, cloud-native development methods need to quickly spin up Kubernetes environments on the same infrastructure already supporting their other business-critical applications. As the first HCI solution with a fully integrated Tanzu portfolio, Dell EMC VxRail offers the fastest path to Kubernetes when deployed with vSphere with Tanzu and a fully integrated Kubernetes environment when deployed with VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu," said Dell Technologies infrastructure solutions group president Jeff Boudreau.

VMware Tanzu comes in basic, standard, advanced and enterprise editions.

VMware Tanzu Basic is an add-on to vSphere for running Kubernetes. The standard edition enables customers to run and manage Kubernetes across multiple clouds with a single, open source aligned distribution, with centralised management of policy across clouds, clusters and teams. These two versions will be available this quarter.

Details of the advanced and enterprise editions, including their likely availability, have yet to be disclosed.

VMware vSphere 7 Update 1, VMware vSAN 7 Update 1 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 include new features and enhancements for traditional workloads.

vSphere 7 Update 1 VMs can be as large as 24 TB with 768 vCPUs, and up to 96 hosts are supported per cluster.

vSAN 7 Update 1's HCI Mesh allows capacity to be shared across clusters for more efficient scaling. It also includes the option of compressing data instead of deduplicating and compressing, and supports SMB v3 and v2.1, Active Directory integration, and Kerberos support. Together, these allow customers to use vSAN for both block and file storage for most use cases.

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 supports remote clusters.

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 with Tanzu includes vVols integration.

VMware Skyline identifies management and workload domains, and surfaces VMware Cloud Foundation solution findings.

VMware vSphere with Tanzu, VMware vSphere 7 Update 1, VMware vSAN 7 Update 1, VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 with Tanzu, VMware Tanzu Basic and Tanzu Standard editions, and VMware Skyline support for VMware Cloud Foundation are all expected to become available by 30 October 2020. VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer Essentials is expected to be in beta in the same timeframe.

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