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The Top 10 Biggest VMware News Stories Of 2019

From spending billions on acquisitions to forming new partnerships with public cloud titans, CRN breaks down the top ten biggest VMware stories of 2019 that will reshape the company next year.

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1. VMware Becomes A Kubernetes-Container Force, Launches Tanzu

Arguably VMware’s biggest investment and market-changing news in 2019 was its strategic move to become the “world-standard” for containers and Kubernetes. At one time, containers appeared to be a threat to the virtualization leader. However, VMware became the second largest contributor to Kubernetes in 2019 thanks to organic innovation as well as the acquisitions of Bitnami and startup Heptio, which was founded by two of the original creators of Kubernetes technology. Additionally, Red Hat’s Kubernetes star Grant Shipley jumped ship to VMware this year as its new senior director of Kubernetes.

“We want to be seen as the enterprise dial-tone for Kubernetes,” said Gelsinger in an interview with CRN. “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.”

The company unveiled the centerpiece of its Kubernetes strategy at VMWorld 2019 with VMware Tanzu, a portfolio of products and services slated to enhance the capabilities of VMware PKS. Tanzu has a cross-cloud Kubernetes management console called Tanzu Mission Control, which is now in beta testing with customers, to yield a fully native Kubernetes environment within vSphere. Tanzu is the onramp for PKS customers to broaden their abilities to build, run and manage any application on any device in any cloud.

In a recent letter to Pivotal employees, Poonen said, “VMware’s ambition is to become the world-standard for containers and Kubernetes, with the power of Pivotal, Heptio, and Bitnami.” In 2020, VMware has the ability to truly do just that.

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