VMware, Pivotal, Google Execs: The New Pivotal Container Service Brings Compatibility To Pivotal, Google Clouds

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Tuesday's unveiling of Pivotal Container Service, a joint project of VMware, Pivotal Software and Google, will provide enterprise customers new alternatives for moving part of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, according to executives of the companies involved as well as a channel partner who works closely with them.

Pivotal Container Service provides production-ready Kubernetes containers as a service to migrate data at scale between on-premises and cloud environments based on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform environments.

Rob Mee, CEO of San Francisco-based Pivotal Software, Tuesday told attendees of the VMworld 2017 conference, being held this week in Las Vegas, that Pivotal Container Service was designed by VMware and Pivotal to work with Google's Kubo open-source project for managing Kubernetes containers on any cloud.

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Pivotal Container Service, or PKS for short, includes key technologies from the three partners, including VMware's NSX software-defined networking technology, Mee said.

"PKS is always going to contain the latest stable release of Kubernetes, keeping consistent compatibility," he said. "It's engineered to be incredibly efficient to operate. It's got NSX built in, so it has a strong emphasis on application security. It comes out of the box with integration with Google Cloud and the Google Cloud platform services."

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said Pivotal Container Service is built on the foundation of Kubernetes, Pivotal and NSX.

VMware also plans to bring to Pivotal Container Service the full set of VMware components in which customers already have invested, including vRealize Automation, vRealize Operation and the new Wavefront Telemetry, Gelsinger said.

"[We'll be] making sure that all of the aspects of what we do with vSphere integration and vCenter utilization works as people take PKS to scale up to the full capabilities of PCF [Pivotal Cloud Foundry] as well," he said. [We're] making all of that come together."

Pivotal Container Service initially will feature Kubernetes taking advantage of the BOSH open-source tool. BOSH allows for release engineering, deployment, life-cycle management and monitoring of distributed systems.

It also will take advantage of VMware's cross-cloud NSX software-defined networking and security capabilities, and use a jointly developed version of the Open Services Broker API to easily integrate Google Cloud Platform services, VMware said. Integration with VMware vSphere will make it a part of VMware's software-defined data center infrastructure for containers and virtual machines.

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