The VMware Tanzu Standard Edition is generally available from November 25, 2021 for VMware Cloud Provider partners. With the rapid global growth of cloud-native developers and DevSecOps / Developers’ need for simplified and on-demand container infrastructure in multi-cloud environments, companies are looking for cloud providers for Kubernetes-managed multi-cloud services. Tanzu Standard, integrated with VMware Cloud Director, is the solution that enables cloud providers to offer multi-tenant-managed Kubernetes as-a-Service (KaaS) in multi-cloud environments. By going beyond the vSphere on-premise offering in the Tanzu Basic Edition and combining features of Tanzu Mission Control for MSP, both of which were announced earlier this year, Tanzu Standard for Cloud Providers takes our Developer Ready Cloud vision to the next stage by to enable managed services for creating Kubernetes (K8s) clusters as well as managing CNCF compliant K8s clusters across clouds.
With Tanzu Standard on VCD, cloud providers have the choice of enabling Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, the Kubernetes distribution from VMware, as an integrated service on vSphere or implementing it across multiple public clouds. They also have the ability to connect and centrally manage all CNCF compliant K8s clusters implemented on other clouds, just like with Tanzu Mission Control.
What K8s managed services can cloud providers offer using the Tanzu Standard?
Tanzu Standard edition features are now supported through VMware Cloud Director 10.2, for multi-tenant, multi-cloud and multi-team environments. The following K8’s managed services are possible:
- K8s Cluster Creation Services:
- Creation of K8s clusters
- VMware Storage service for developer environment
- Content library of Kubernetes versions
- Full stack network service on K8’s cluster and load balancing (NSX ALB Basic), NAT capacity, etc.
- Antrea Container Networking Interface (CNI) plug-in (default)
- Life cycle management services using the Cluster API
- K8s Cluster Operation Services:
- Connect and manage CNCF compliant K8s clusters
- Centralized access and policy management
- vSphere Pod Service
- Image Registry service through Harbor for version control on container environment
- Cluster observability and workload health using Fluent Bit. Prometheus and Grafana platform monitoring support
- Administration using vCenter
- Backups and restore clusters and namespaces; Backup planning
- System and event audits, cluster compliance inspection
- Download and install open source customizable observable packages using Fluent Bit and image capture using the Harbor and Calico CNI plug-in.
How to implement Tanzu Standard for multi-tenancy and multi-cloud experience?
While Tanzu Basic with VMware Cloud Director (VCD) enhanced multi-tenancy for vSphere 6.7u3 + environments, Tanzu Standard extends the creation of K8s clusters using Tanzu Cubnet’s Grid runtime to other clouds.
Once the clusters are created with Tanzu Standard using VCD or on vSphere, Tanzu Mission Control can be linked to these clusters or to other CNCF compliant K8s clusters and allow the cloud provider to offer additional self-service access to these clusters, which brings operational scale, control, consistency and efficiency to Kubernete’s operations.
How does Tanzu Standard Improve cloud providers’ Developer Ready offerings?
In addition to the Developer Ready Cloud benefits already outlined with the announcement of Tanzu Basic and Tanzu Mission Control, in terms of creating and managing K8s clusters and improving developer speed with Bitnami, cloud providers can now expand it to multi -cloud DevOps / developer experience.
Tanzu Standard also brings additional monitoring and observability features based on open source custom components, backup and restore features, and audit and compliance features that truly enhance cloud-native application development and multi-cloud workloads. With the Tanzu Standard Edition and VCD support, cloud providers can be future-ready for more services enabled by the Tanzu Advanced edition and other products in the Tanzu portfolio.
How can cloud providers license and order the Tanzu Standard edition?
The Tanzu Standard for cloud providers is available as a consumer model with a time-limited license and requires a Cloud Provider Term contract. Work with your Aggregator to sign a period contract required to license Tanzu Standard. Once cloud providers have signed a single Term License Subscription Software (TLSS) contract covering all subscription products (non-SaaS) from VMware. Tanzu Standard can be ordered through the one-time order process on the VMware Commerce Portal. Tanzu Standard for Cloud Providers is available as a Flex Core add-on (price based on vRAM metrics).
Learn more about Tanzu Standard Edition cloud providers
Here are the additional learning and training resources available to you on the Tanzu Standard Edition and the overall VMware Tanzu portfolio:
Tanzu Standard Edition resources:
Please contact your VMware contacts with questions.
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