Author: Kevin Fitzpatrick

Kevin Fitzpatrick is a Senior Solution Engineer at VMware, supporting enterprise accounts in the New England region. Kevin has been with VMware since November 2017, and is particularly focused on cloud native technologies and Kubernetes. He is a US Air Force veteran, new father, and enjoys boating, camping, and BJJ.

KubeCon 2019 – VMware Recap

VMware was very busy this year at KubeCon with the announcement of three new open source projects, a new podcast with rockstar hosts, and presenting lots of sessions.  These new open source projects are in addition to the already very popular and widely adopted Velero, Contour, Sonobuoy and Octant.  The commitment and number of employees at VMware working in the cloud native and open source space is truly impressive.

The first announcement was on Project Antrea, which is an open source CNI for Kubernetes based on Open vSwitch (OVS).  This project aims to deliver a simple and secure Kubernetes networking CNI.  One fantastic feature is it’s plugin for Octant, which is another developer-focused, open source project that gives a very powerful GUI for visibility and management of Kubernetes applications.  With Project Antrea and Octant, you can get even more visibility into your microservices and connectivity.

The next project announced was Project Hamlet, which is a joint effort between VMware, Google Anthos, HashiCorp and Pivotal, is an effort to create an interoperable API for the federation of service meshes.  The end goal being an API that allows for interconnectivity of service meshes across heterogeneous cloud environments.

The third project is Crash Diagnostics for Kubernetes, which is way to automate the investigation of unhealthy or unresponsive Kubernetes clusters.  It does this by automating the collection of diagnostics from all of the nodes within a cluster and bundling that into a TAR file for further analysis.

If that wasn’t enough, a new podcast, ‘The Podlets” was announced: https://blogs.vmware.com/cloudnative/2019/11/20/introducing-podlets-podcast-audio-guide-to-cloud-native-concepts/

The hosts include an impressive list of experts in cloud native and distributed system topics and great all around people.  This will be a great resource for keeping up on the latest news in the fast paced ecosystem.  Direct link to “The Podlets” is at thepodlets.io .  It will be available on the normal podcast distribution platforms, as well as the Cloud Native Applications YouTube Channel here.

Kubernetes at VMware

What is the Strategy?

So many exciting announcements this year at VMworld have been around the cloud strategy of build, run, and manage. This strategy is outlined perfectly by Paul Fazzone here.

At the heart of these announcements is the integration of Kubernetes(K8s) into all things vSphere. With Project Pacific, Kubernetes will be embedded into vSphere to provide native K8s functionality within ESXi, as well as pure, open-source K8s clusters on-demand for developers.

With Tanzu Mission Control, VMware is enabling companies to manage their K8s clusters from a single location, bringing together operations and developers, and creating a single point of management to apply policies and governance to clusters deployed across a variety of environments on-premise and in public clouds.

Free Open-Source Kubernetes Training

With the increasing importance of Kubernetes to all IT professionals, it is important to provide the resources to enable people to master this new skillset. In that vein, another amazing announcement was the providing of free, vendor agnostic training for open-source Kubernetes by VMware. Available at kubernetes.academy. These courses provide a fantastic overview of containers and Kubernetes led by highly experienced instructors who have been deep in this ecosystem since the beginning.

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