Enhanced Security, Networking, Installation, and Automation to Help You Operationalize Upstream Kubernetes Across Clouds
At VMware, our goal is to help you run upstream Kubernetes anywhere–on premises and in the cloud. That’s why we’re excited to announce VMware Enterprise PKS 1.4, which will ship with upstream Kubernetes 1.13 and include new features to help you get up and running in a production-grade environment faster. VMware Enterprise PKS 1.4 streamlines DevOps workflows and takes advantage of new networking, security, and automation features designed for cloud scale.
We’re also excited to announce a forthcoming beta program of VMware Enterprise PKS, which will feature Kubernetes 1.14 and provide support for Windows Server Containers so that you can begin to plan a multi-cloud Windows container strategy
Read on below for some of the highlights of VMware Enterprise PKS 1.4 and more information on our beta program.
Simplified Installation on Premises
Our new installation wizard, currently in beta*, will simplify deployment of VMware Enterprise PKS. A single download of key components in an OVA file and an administrator UI will make installation fast and easy on premises, even in air-gapped environments.
New features such as real-time input validation, auto-population of data from VMware vCenter Server and VMware NSX-T, and automated network deployment are designed to help administrators move faster. In addition, our installation wizard will automatically generate YAML configuration files, and enable importing and exporting for Day-2 configuration updates.
Figure 1: The wizard provides administrators with a clear path through installation.
Figure 2: Real-time input validation helps administrators quickly catch issues during configuration.
Figure 3: Administrators can configure VMware Enterprise PKS with one click.
Enhanced Security and Networking
On February 26, VMware announced a landmark NSX release: NSX-T 2.4. VMware Enterprise PKS 1.4 will include seamless integration with NSX-T 2.4, which features a UI and APIs for a better developer and operator user experience, increased scalability, and improved high availability, among other features. (To learn more about the new features of NSX-T 2.4, see this recent Network Virtualization blog.)
Enterprise PKS customers will benefit from a threefold increase in pod scalability and high availability from a converged NSX manager appliance design that merges management and central control services on a cluster of nodes. In addition, by combining NSX-T with VMware vRealize Network Insight integration, VMware Enterprise PKS customers will gain networking visibility down to the application level.
In addition to integrating with NSX-T 2.4, we’ve added other key networking and security features, such as per-tenant Domain Name System (DNS) specification for deeper multi-tenancy, and pod security policies and admission customization to give administrators fine-grained security control through native Kubernetes constructs.
Automation and DevOps Workflows
VMware Enterprise PKS 1.4 will bring new capabilities for both developers and operators.
For operators, the added number of plans – blueprints for deployment – will improve flexibility with cluster design while retaining the ability to deploy quickly. We will also automate the deployment of cAdvisor, so that operators using VMware vRealize Operations can easily integrate and monitor Kubernetes clusters. And developers will be able to access their kubeconfig file on-demand, without cluster admin privileges, so that they can unlock cluster resources quickly and start coding.
For a full rundown of the features in VMware Enterprise PKS 1.4, read the release notes. (The release notes will be updated with 1.4 information upon product GA—which is expected shortly.)
Coming Soon: Beta Support for Windows Containers on Kubernetes 1.14
Today, organizations often have fragmented development environments. Some teams may have applications running on Linux, while other teams have applications running on Windows. And every team may be using different clouds, tools, and processes, making it challenging to standardize operations and help developers move faster.
That’s why VMware is excited to announce a forthcoming beta release* of VMware Enterprise PKS with support for Windows container workloads. Our goal is to enable organizations who have investments in a variety of programming languages and frameworks to use the same set of clouds, tools, and processes to manage all their applications, regardless of the underlying operating system.
The beta release will incorporate the capabilities of upstream Kubernetes 1.14, the latest release of Kubernetes, which has made Windows container support generally available. With our beta, organizations can start running Windows-based applications on upstream Kubernetes and plan their multi-cloud Windows container strategy.
Interested in participating in the beta program? Sign up now!
Learn more about VMware Enterprise PKS, visit our web page here
To read the announcement blog from Pivotal, click here
* There is no commitment or obligation that beta features will become generally available. The Enterprise PKS wizard beta will be listed on vmware.com download page for users to try out in a week or so after 1.4 GA.