VMware has just given its best allies the tool to spread its Tanzu container credo • The Register
VMware delivered Tanzu Basic for service providers, allowing Kubernetes to run on more than 4,000 clouds, giving itself a better chance at success with its containerized stack.
When Virtzilla talks about its cloud presence, it focuses on its deals with hyperscalers like AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle, and Alibaba.
But the company’s cloud strategy has long had a second essential component, in the form of the VMware Cloud Provider (VCPP) program and its more than 4,000 members who run clouds powered by VMware. Some members of the VCPP are whales like IBM and NTT, or significant clouds like OVH. But many more are the kind of small players that midsize companies see as peers and gravitate towards. And even though they only manage a few racks, they are trusted advisors to their clients.
Tanzu Basic offers a Kubernetes runtime environment, container registry, and the networking and security tools needed to run containers, all within vSphere and in a form that doesn’t scare a vSphere administrator – or the team of a small cloud provider.
This offering is now available to VMware’s fleet of service providers and enables them to run multi-tenant Kubernetes in their clouds.
VMware is familiar with the members of the VCPP. He knows how to educate them about Kubernetes and how to teach them how to sell it.
So before long, these partners will be on the ground talking to the hundreds of thousands of customers they serve, telling them that if they have become curious about Kube, it is not difficult for them to start working on it. ‘try in their VMware clouds.
And because these clouds are just vSphere with additional multi-tenancy benefits, it’s not extremely difficult for on-premises Kubernetes experiences to take some interim action in a service provider cloud.
Thus, VMware gives both its users a good reason to continue using vSphere and developers a reason to adopt a VMware-centric view of containers.
And those are the two main challenges for VMware right now. The company knows that the combination of IBM and Red Hat OpenShift is fierce competition and that new applications will likely go straight to public clouds. Now VMware can harness the strength of its service provider partners to combat these threats. ®