VMware Tanzu Offerings Cheat Sheet: References, technical docs and demo videos

This blog will cover all important and quick useful references of the VMware Tanzu offerings. It’s a cheat sheet and a single pager info for all the Tanzu enterprise product offerings, technical docs, demo videos and white-papers. Hope this one pager info will be handy for developers, architects, business owners, operators and organisations:

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid
(TKG)
This is VMWare’s enterprise ready upstream Kubernetes distribution and will be available in different form factors based on end user / customer requirements.

TKG provides enterprises with a consistent, upstream aligned, automated multi-cluster operations across SDDC, Public Cloud, and Edge environments that is ready for end-user workloads and ecosystem integrations. TKG does for Kubernetes what Kubernetes does for your containers.

* vSphere7 with native TKG: As embedded in vSphere 7.0  – Fully managed K8s experience on top of vSphere. The solution unlocks on-prem vSphere deployments to run Kubernetes natively. New features in NSX, vCenter and ESXi elevates VMs, K8s pods and K8s clusters to first class citizens in vSphere, enabling vSphere admins to manage and delegate these new computing constructs seamlessly to DevOps teams. This solution also provides all the benefits of the underpinning TKG technology.

* TKG+ – Build your own K8s platform with VMWare support with ClusterAPI and KubeADM support. Its provides true open source K8s experience with support for few open source tools (Harbor registry, Contour, Sonobuy, Dex, EFK,,Velero, Prometheus, Grafana etc.)

* TKGI (Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated)– Fully Managed K8s as a Service on any private/public Cloud. Great opinionated choice for  day 2 operation, because its operation is fully automated.

* TKG as a service on TMC : TKG managed services on TMC (Tanzu Mission Control)

Overview Videos:
Video 1
Video 2

Demo: Tanzu Kubernetes Grid

Tools :
Crash-Diagnostics (CrashD) – Public git page here  which monitors – Bootstrap cluster setup, Management cluster setup, Workload cluster setup
Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated (TKGI)This is VMWare’s enterprise ready upstream Kubernetes distribution with BOSH director. TKGI provides the ability for organizations to rapidly deploy fleets of Kubernetes clusters in a secure and consistent manner across clouds with minimal effort.  It also simplifies the ability to rapidly repave and patch your fleets of Kubernetes clusters. It provides teams access to both Linux and Windows containers

Doc:
https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Tanzu-Kubernetes-Grid-Integrated-Edition/index.html

Demo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=504FGHukY8Y&list=PL7bmigfV0EqQzsvOcT8KYfulg-lpNsooC
Vmware Spring Runtime (VSR)It’s a standalone product offering under Tanzu to cover Production and Development support for OpenJDK, 40+ Spring projects (including the ones used in IDP) and Tomcat.

Get support and signed binaries for OpenJDK, Tomcat, and Spring. Globe spanning support is available 24*7 and your organization gets access to product team and knowledge base. Avoid maintaining expensive custom code. Get VMware’s TC Server, a hardened, curated, and enterprise ready Tomcat installation.

– Doc:
https://tanzu.vmware.com/spring-runtime

– Spring technical doc-
https://spring.io/

– Create quick Spring project :
https://start.spring.io/

Blog:
https://tanzu.vmware.com/content/blog/introducing-pivotal-spring-runtime-full-support-for-openjdk-spring-framework-and-apache-tomcat
Tanzu Application Services (VM -Diego Container)
TAS- VM
Fully automated PAAS (Platform As a Service platform) to increase productivity by automating all cloud related configuration and deployment on cloud by just a single command and only source code of the application. It’s based on Diego container.

TAS fully automates the deployment and management of applications on any cloud. This makes your operations team more efficient, improves developer productivity, and enhances your security posture.  This enables your organization to achieve the business outcomes they desire by reducing time to market.

Doc:
Product page on tanzu.vmware.com
Tanzu Application Services (Kubernetes Container)Beta
TAS -K8S
TAS fully automates the deployment and management of applications on any cloud. This makes your operations team more efficient, improves developer productivity, and enhances your security posture.  This enables your organization to achieve the business outcomes they desire by reducing time to market.

– Beta Launch Blog (including demo videos): 
VMware Tanzu Application Service for Kubernetes: The Cloud Foundry API Meets Cutting-Edge Infrastructure

– Beta Webinar Replay: 
Blending Cloud Foundry with Kubernetes

Product Download

Documentation
Tanzu Build Service (TBS)BetaTBS is a tool to build OCI container images and manage the container life cycle irrespective of the deployment platform. Based on the CNCF project Buildpacks.io TBS takes care the pain of maintaining docker files and brings in standardisation to you docker image build process.

TBS customers will close vulnerabilities orders of magnitude faster, they will have developers who spend nearly no time on image builds, and they will be able to easily and programatically audit production containers. TBS eliminates 95% of the toil of the container lifecycle and allows platform teams to offer automated “code to cloud” style functionality to their developers.

– Doc:
https://docs.pivotal.io/build-service/0-2-0/

– Overview and Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QI-pDCSReM

– Blog:
https://tanzu.vmware.com/content/blog/when-building-containers-from-source-code-repeatability-is-key-pivotal-build-service-is-here-to-help
Tanzu Application Catalog (TAC)TAC is a curated collection of production-ready popular opensource software that can be used by IDP users. Software support is still based on what’s available with the open source version, but VMWare provide the ‘proof of provenance’ as well as enterprise grade testing on these images. Also it allows customers to bring your own Golden Image while Bitnami(VMWare) is making this image for your developers.

Working with pre-packaged software poses risks and challenges. Developers are sourcing containers from Docker Hub that are out of date, vulnerable, insecure by default, or broken. Auditing, hardening, integrating, and making software ready for production is time consuming, difficult, and low value add from an organizational standpoint. It’s also frustrating to dev teams as software selection will be limited and lag behind open source options.

– Doc (on-boarding) :
 https://docs.bitnami.com/tanzu-application-catalog/

– Demo: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=PRd3_2TyFbQ&feature=emb_logo

– FAQ: 
https://docs.bitnami.com/tanzu-application-catalog/faq/
Tanzu Service Mesh (TSM)Tanzu Service Mesh not only simplifies lifecycle management of service mesh over fleets of K8s clusters, it provides unified management, global policies, and seamless connectivity across complex, multi-cluster mesh topologies managed by disparate teams. It provides app-level observability across services deployed to different clusters, complementing/integrating into modern observability tools you use or are considering.

– Doc: 
https://docs.pivotal.io/pks/1-7/nsxt-service-mesh.html

– Demo  for Microservices – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EquVhIkS1oc

– Public doc:
https://tanzu.vmware.com/service-mesh

– Blog:
Tanzu Service Mesh on VMware Tanzu: CONNECT & PROTECT Applications Across Your Kubernetes Clusters and Clouds 
Tanzu Mission Control
(TMC)
VMware Tanzu Mission Control provides a single control point for teams to more easily manage Kubernetes and operate modern, containerized applications across multiple clouds and clusters. It codifies the know-how of operating Kubernetes including deploying and upgrading clusters, setting policies and configurations, understanding the health of clusters and the root cause of underlying issues.

– Doc:
https://tanzu.vmware.com/content/tanzu-mission-control/tanzu-mission-control-overview

A Closer Look at Tanzu Mission Control :
A Multi-Cluster K8s Management Platform video


Data Protection on Tanzu Mission Control :

TMC Demo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m9S4HiIJIo
Tanzu Observability/WaveFront (TO) The VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront platform is purpose built to handle requirements of modern  applications and multi-cloud at high scale. It’s a unified solution with analytics (including AI) that ingests visualizes, and  analyzes metrics, traces, histograms and span logs.  So you can resolve incidents  faster across cloud applications,  correlated with the cloud infrastructures views.

Doc, videos and integrations

Application monitoring/End User Monitoring ( EUM ) integration: https://blog.catchpoint.com/2020/06/17/accelerate-observability-with-catchpoint-and-wavefront/

Demo1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgIXAId1Mag

– Demo2:
Microservices Observability with WaveFront

SpringBoot Integration: https://docs.wavefront.com/wavefront_springboot.html
Tanzu Data Services – GreenPlum, GemFire, RabbitMQ, SQL/PostGresSQLVMware also has SQL, NoSQL, messaging broker, analytical and distributed caching solutions.

GreenPlum – Analytical database based on PostGresSQL
GemFire – Distributed caching
RabbitMQ – Messaging broker
SQL/PostGresSQL – SQL databases

https://tanzu.vmware.com/data-services
Concourse CI/CDIt’s an opensource for platform automation.

The Making of a Cloud-Native CI/CD Tool:
The Concourse Journey (Blog)
Concourse on tanzu.vmware.com
Concourse OSS Site
Concourse Documentation
Hands on Lab (HOL) trial AccessTrial hands on lab without installation- https://www.vmware.com/in/try-vmware/try-hands-on-labs.html

Case  Studies and Transformation with Tanzu Technologies:

Windows .Net support:

Microsoft developer framework with tools and libraries for building any type of app, including web, mobile, desktop, gaming, IoT, cloud, and microservices. Key Resources:

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Rajiv Srivastava

Cloud Native Architect with VMware

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