Last week, Paul Fazzone, GM Cloud Native Applications, announced the launch of VMware Essential PKS “as a modular approach to cloud-native operation”. VMware Essential PKS includes upstream Kubernetes, reference architectures to help design decisions, and expert support to guide users through upgrades, maintenance and reactively troubleshoot when needed.
Paul notes that more than 80% of containers run on virtual machines (VMs), with the percentage growing every year. This launch keeps up with the main objective of establishing VMware as the leading enabler of Kubernetes and cloud-native operation.
Features of Essential PKS
#1 Modular Approach
Customers who have specific technological requirements for networking, monitoring, storage, etc. can build a more modular architecture on upstream Kubernetes. VMware Essential PKS will help these customers access upstream Kubernetes with proactive support. The only condition being that these organizations should either have the in-house expertise to work with those components, the intention to grow that capability or the willingness to use an expert team.
#2 Application portability
Customers will be able to use the latest version of upstream Kubernetes, ensuring that they are never locked into a vendor-specific distribution.
This service allows customers to implement a multi-cloud strategy that lets them choose tools and clouds as per their preference to build a flexible platform on upstream Kubernetes for their workloads.
#4 Open-source community support
VMware contributes to multiple SIGs and open-source projects that strengthen key technologies and fill up the gaps in the Kubernetes ecosystem.
#5 Cloud native ecosystem support and guidance
Customers will be able to access 24×7, SLA-driven support for Kubernetes and key open-source tooling. VMware experts will partner with customers to help them with architecture design reviews and help them evaluate networking, monitoring, backup, and other solutions to build a production-grade open source Kubernetes platform.
The Kubernetes community has received this news with enthusiasm.
Excited to see Essential PKS ne HKS formally part of the VMware Kubernetes product line. Nice complement to the portfolio and a clear signal of continued commitment to upstream focused development.
— Craig McLuckie (@cmcluck) February 26, 2019
Excited to see @VMware expanding it's #Kubernetes story to includes an option with just the Essentials you need for K8. Upstream Kubernetes, reference architectures to inform design and backed by expert support if you need it. Just called #PKSEssentials https://t.co/OsVPyYozud
— Ed Hoppitt (@edhoppitt) February 26, 2019
In November, VMware announced it was buying Heptio at VMworld. Heptio products work with upstream Kubernetes and help enterprises realize the impact of Kubernetes on their business. According to FierceTelecom, “PKS Essentials takes the Heptio approach of building a more modular, customized architecture for deploying software containers on upstream Kubernetes but with VMware support.”
Rancher Labs announces ‘K3s’: A lightweight distribution of Kubernetes to manage clusters in edge computing environments
CNCF releases 9 security best practices for Kubernetes, to protect a customer’s infrastructure
Tumblr open sources its Kubernetes tools for better workflow integration