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For cloud developers: VMware launches vSphere 7 and Tanzu

With Tanzu, VMware has introduced a new product family and, with Cloud Foundation 4 and vSphere 7, updates for existing programs. Tanzu comprises a portfolio of products and services, partly developed by VMware itself, partly derived from acquisitions. Companies should use them to keep their applications under control, from development (build) through administration (manage) to operation (run).

The products Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, Tanzu Mission Control and Tanzu Application Catalog have been added. The former is a Kubernetes runtime environment that VMware wants to use to reduce the complexity of installing and operating Kubernetes clusters. In addition to VMware's own platform, Kubernetes clusters can also be managed at AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud or other service providers.

Mission Control is an administration platform. It should be used to provision new Kubernetes clusters or manage existing clusters, even if they are in different clouds and belong to separate users. There is also the Application Catalog, a collection of open source software curated by VMware based on the Bitnami technology. Developers should be able to easily use open source software in the corporate environment, while administrators centrally ensure that stringent security guidelines are adhered to.

vSphere 7 with Kubernetes API

With version 7, the virtualization platform vSphere is realigning the architecture of the hypervisor based on the Kubernetes APIs. In the future, developers and administrators should be able to use the service like a public cloud to work with applications in containers or in VMs. The system administrator can still use the vCenter. Initially, the Kubernetes feature is only available as part of the Cloud Foundation 4 with Tanzu.

A new lifecycle manager should simplify updates of vSphere components. VMware wants to use the new vSphere Trust Authority to ensure that unauthorized modifications to hardware and software are detected. In addition, cryptographic techniques should prevent the operation of insecure hosts and an attack by malware.

In addition, the new version should further simplify the operation of large and demanding applications: Expensive GPUs can now be fully virtualized using the BitFusion technology that was purchased. The aim is for AI and ML applications to find a more cost-effective home in vSphere instead of having to operate them in underutilized silo systems. In the new version 7, vSAN receives a distributed file server service based on NFS (version 3 and 4.1), which provides a continuous file server namespace across distributed vSAN nodes.

In addition to vSphere 7, the new Cloud Foundation 4 includes updated versions of the additional products: vSAN 7, NSX-T, as well as the monitoring and automation tools vRealize Operations 8.1 and vRealize Automation 8.1. In addition, VMware Tanzu includes Kubernetes Grid as the only product from the Tanzu portfolio.

Readers can find all the details about Tanzu at VMware, and an overview page for vSphere 7 already exists. The Application Catalog, Kubernetes Grid and Mission Control are available immediately. VMware plans to make the Cloud Foundation 4, vSphere 7, vSAN 7, vRealize Operations 8.1, vRealize Automation 8.1 and NSX-T available by May 1st. (fo)

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