1. 2020: The Year Of Kubernetes For VMware Tanzu
Arguably the largest crank of the innovation engine this year was VMware injecting Kubernetes everywhere it could including VMware Cloud on AWS, vSphere and VxRail. VMware is hoping to dominate the Kubernetes market with its VMware Tanzu platform of services designed to deliver enterprise-grade Kubernetes at scale.
VMware injected Kubernetes into the new vSphere 7 launched this year, providing an easy way for vSphere’s 500,000 customer base to get started with Kubernetes and modernize the 70 million-plus workloads currently running on vSphere. 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.
Other significant products that were injected with VMware Tanzu this year is the new VMware Cloud Foundation version 4.1 as well as the world’s most popular hyperconverged infrastructure offering VxRail. The new VMware Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail integrations provide multiple, fully integrated HCI options to enable customers to build, run and manage Kubernetes container-based applications.
VMware also acquired Kubernetes startup Octarine, which offers a cloud-native security platform for the complete lifecycle of applications running on Kubernetes.
On the innovation front, VMware this year added to its Tanzu portfolio the Tanzu Application Service, its centralized management platform Tanzu Mission Control, as well as Tanzu Kubernetes Grid that enables customers to run a multi-cluster Kubernetes environment on any infrastructure with built-in security.
On the hiring front, VMware attracted a stellar list of new Kubernetes executives including former Red Hat and Docker channel sales executive Roger Egan, who is now leading VMware’s Tanzu sales charge.
All in all, VMware significantly expanded its Kubernetes market presence and capabilities to make it a force to be reckoned with in 2021.