VMware Tanzu Gains Features, Availability

Sdxcentral | April 14, 2020

VMware Tanzu Gains Features, Availability
VMware’s Kubernetes focus continues unabated with the vendor today bolstering its broader Tanzu portfolio targeted at helping enterprises bridge the gap between development and production. The updates include application and infrastructure additions that are designed to ease operations in a Kubernetes environment and also further integrate VMware’s extensive Kubernetes properties. For application development, VMware announced the general availability of its latest Tanzu Application Service (TAS) and moved its newly developed TAS on Kubernetes and Tanzu Build Service (TBS) into beta. For infrastructure, VMware pushed its Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition – which was formally known as its Enterprise PKS platform – into general availability.

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