VMware Tanzu Gains Features, Availability

Sdxcentral | April 14, 2020

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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With questions pouring in about the recently launched VMware Cloud on AWS in India, Arun Parameswaran, Vice-President and Managing Director for India at VMware, takes charge of answering the top 10 most Googled questions about the platform.

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With questions pouring in about the recently launched VMware Cloud on AWS in India, Arun Parameswaran, Vice-President and Managing Director for India at VMware, takes charge of answering the top 10 most Googled questions about the platform.

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Nerdio | July 08, 2022

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Napatech | July 06, 2022

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Scality | June 30, 2022

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