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.

Weekly Update – Week of 11/18/2019

New and Noteworthy:
Announcing Project Antrea – Open Source Kubernetes Networking – We are excited to announce Project Antrea – an open source networking and security project for Kubernetes clusters. Antrea uses Kubernetes extension mechanisms and the Open vSwitch (OVS) data plane to provide pod networking and help enforce network policies for Kubernetes clusters.

Security Advisory VMSA-2019-0020 – VMware has released Hypervisor-Specific Mitigations for two speculative-execution vulnerabilities impacting Intel processors known as Machine Check Error on Page Size Change (MCEPSC) and TSX Asynchronous Abort (TAA) identified by CVE-2018-12207 and CVE-2019-11135 respectively. Please see this page for details

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 9 November 2019
New KB articles published for the week ending 2 November 2019

Upcoming Events:
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register
Dell Technologies Word 2020 – Las Vegas – 05/04/2020 to 05/07/2020 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
vSAN Encryption: Tales from the Field – 11/19/2019 – Register
Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 8.2: What’s New – 11/20/2019 – Register
What’s New with VMware Cloud Services – 11/21/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour covering ‘What’s New with VMware Cloud Services’ – 11/21/2019 – Register
vSAN View and Dashboard Development in vROps – 12/12/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
VMware Workstation 14.1.8 Pro for Windows [Download]
VMware Fusion 11.5.1 (for Intel-based Macs) [Download]
VMware Workstation 15.5.1 Pro for Windows [Download]
VMware Workstation 15.5.1 Pro for Linux [Download]

Weekly Update – Week of 10/7/2019

New and Noteworthy:
Grant Shipley, OpenShift boss, leaves Red Hat for VMware – This is great news for VMware and for our cloud-native strategy over the next couple of years, lending further legitimacy to the work that we’ve been doing in this space. This is a view shared outside of our circle of evangelists here at VMware – the CRN article linked above published the following quote from an industry executive:

“Look, VMware is going all in on Kubernetes. They acquired Heptio. They’re investing tons of money on containers and transforming really quickly into the modern developer leader and hybrid cloud leader. There’s endless potential for combining VMware and Pivotal,” said the CEO, who did not wish to be identified. “So if you see someone like [Shipley] leaving Red Hat and their new home at IBM to take over Kubernetes at VMware – that speaks volumes to where this market is heading.”

Updated KB Articles:
New KB articles published for the week ending 28th September, 2019

Upcoming Events:
vForum – Hartford, CT – 10/16/2019 – Register
vForum – Online – 10/16/2019 – Register
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona – 11/04/2019 to 11/07/2019 – Register
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon – San Diego – 11/18/2019 to 11/21/2019 – Register
Gartner IOCS – Las Vegas – 12/09/2019 to 12/12/2019 – Register

Upcoming Webinars:
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options – 10/10/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Workspace ONE – 10/10/2019 – Register
GSS Webinar: vSAN Best Practices from the Field – 10/29/2019 – Register
The Latest on Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour Covering Containers – 10/31/2019 – Register
Tanzu: Any App, Any Cloud, Any Cluster – 11/13/2019 – Register
What’s New with VMware Cloud Services – 11/21/2019 – Register
Instructor Hour covering ‘What’s New with VMware Cloud Services’ – 11/21/2019 – Register
[Full Live Event List]

New Releases:
No new releases since last week

vForum 2019 Events

As we put VMworld and its many exciting announcements in our rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on spreading the news for those who were unable to attend, and diving deeper into the technologies that were discussed during the big event. For many of you, your local account team will bring a lot of that messaging to you directly, but another way that VMware does this is through our local and online vForum events.

This year, these events will take place on October 16th. vForum is a great way to engage with technical experts and executives that you may not be able to meet with during your day-to-day dealings, network with other professionals in your geography, and gain additional insight into VMware’s strategy as we move into a container and cloud-centric world. Please read on to learn more about how you can participate both locally and online.

vForum Hartford – Wednesday, October 16, 2019

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM (ET)
Thomas Hooker Brewery
140 Huyshope Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Join us for our free local vForum event that will be packed with technical deep dives, peer to peer networking, and fun. Reserve your spot today to join us on October 16th. You will have the opportunity to hear recaps of the key announcements from VMworld and engage 1:1 with VMware technical experts on the newest developments in NSX, vSAN, and Cloud.

Here’s why you should attend:
Watch a livestream keynote with Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, followed by an Office of the CTO Expert Panel
Engage with technical experts on deep technical content
Compete for limited edition prizes that include a VMware Lego Set and T-Shirt
Access our latest Hands-on Labs with your own device to compete for a special VMware jacket
Give Back to your community cancer mission while testing your basketball skills

vForum Online – Wednesday, October 16, 2019

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Agenda-at a Glance
Register Now!

Disruptive technologies are changing the way organizations are looking at cloud, networking, security, containers and the digital workspace to power their next wave of innovation. Join us at vForum Online, VMware’s largest virtual IT event for expert insight into:
Accelerating your cloud journey with VMware Cloud on AWS, vSphere Platinum, vSAN, Kubernetes and cloud-native apps.
Building the next generation network virtualization and security platform with NSX Data Center, SD-WAN by VeloCloud and App Defense.
Helping your employees work more easily and securely from anywhere, at any time, and on any device with Workspace ONE and Horizon.

Here’s why you should attend:
Exclusive thoughts and observations from theOffice of the CTO Expert Panel and guest customers.
38 technical breakouts on building, running, managing, and securing business-critical applications on any cloud; deploying network and security virtualization; and delivering seamless access to apps and services with a secure, integrated digital workspace.
Live Q&A video chats with more than 130 VMware experts who are ready to answer your toughest questions on cloud migration, networking, security, storage and the digital workspace.
10 instructor-led Hands-On Labs where you can test drive vSphere, vSAN, VMware Cloud on AWS, NSX, and Workspace ONE.

Weekly Update – Week of 9/9/2019

New and Noteworthy:

Introducing Project Pacific – At VMworld we announced Project Pacific. Project Pacific evolves vSphere to be a native Kubernetes platform.  Project Pacific fuses vSphere with Kubernetes to enable our customers to accelerate development and operation of modern apps on vSphere.  This new architecture fuses vSphere with Kubernetes to enable our customers to accelerate development and operation of modern apps on vSphere.  This platform provides a foundation that will allow developers and IT practitioners alike a secure, robust, and streamlined platform to run their modern applications.

VMware Project Pacific Architecture

New KB articles published for the week ending 31st August,2019Re-posting due to a broken link last week

Upcoming Events:

CloudLive by CloudHealth – Boston 09/24/2019 – 09/26/2019 Register
VMUG UserCon – Boston09/25/2019Register
VMUG UserCon – NY/NJ – Jersey City09/27/2019Register
VMworld 2019 Europe – Barcelona11/04/2019 – 11/07/2019Register

Upcoming Webinars:

VVD for the vSphere Admin09/19/2019Register
NSX-V Upgrades and Best Practices09/24/2019Register
New Workspace ONE Features and Training Options 10/10/2019Register
Instructor Hour Covering Workspace ONE10/10/2019Register

  [Full Live Event List]

New Releases:

VMware Enterprise PKS Management Console [Download]
VMware Pulse IoT Center 2.0.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Smart Assurance SMARTS 10.1.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Smart Assurance NCM 10.1.0 [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Integrated OpenStack [Release Notes] [Download]
VMware Integrated OpenStack [Release Notes] [Download]
Lenovo Custom Image for ESXi 6.7 U3 Install CD [Download]
DellEMC Custom Image for ESXi 6.7U3 Install CD [Download]
VMware Enterprise PKS Management Console [Download]
Hitachi Custom Image for ESXi 6.5U3 GA Install CD [Download]

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.

Sign up today and start up-leveling your skills!