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VMware’s Pat Gelsinger On ‘All-In’ Container Bet And HPE ‘Commitment’

‘We are by no means satisfied with where we are and we’re committed to continue to extend and build more unique opportunities with HPE,’ says VMware CEO Pat Geslinger in an interview with CRN.

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You’ve recently made acquisitions in the container space and now the No. 2 contributor for Kubernetes. What is VMware’s container vision?

Let’s start at the vision, what we have said is we want to be seen as the enterprise dial-tone for Kubernetes. What does that mean? Kubernetes really is transforming how middleware is delivered but it is also becoming the API set for how infrastructure gets deployed. We’re embracing Kubernetes as the native dial-tone for the VMware stack going forward. So you’ll see us build more and more of those capabilities into the core VMware platform. That’s a key piece of why we did the Heptio acquisition. Then we’re going to build more and more value-add on the Kubernetes layer and you’ll see us bringing forward many of the Heptio technologies to the market place with offerings like PKS Essential where we’re saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to be the open source distribution of choice.’ Coming out of KubeCon, what you saw is now we’re the No. 2 contributor to Kubernetes. So we are all-in. The open source business model here is going to be fully supported by VMware and we’re going to extend and deliver that across multiple cloud environments.

How important is VMware’s partnership with Pivotal playing a role in driving containers and Kubernetes?

Our partnership with Pivotal is critical. For that, we’re going to keep building them and more of their services. They announced recently their commitment to extend Kubernetes support as part of the PaaS offering from Pivotal. So mutually with them, we’ll be evolving PKS to be entirely a surface for Kubernetes workloads going forward. [We are] radically committed to the open source community and the standardization of Kubernetes, building on Heptio for broader and broader set of multi-cloud offerings from VMware tied with the Pivotal partnership – so yeah, we think we have a pretty powerful set of assets to bring to the table here.

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