Ahead of VMware VMworld 2021, and what may be this year’s most exciting announcement, we have the release of VMware Tanzu Community Edition. VMware is trying to re-capture mindshare as it was slow to adopt containers and Kubernetes as they became a dominant technology. As part of that strategy, VMware Tanzu is the company’s answer to manage Kubernetes and containers on VMware platforms. In order to push adoption, VMware has a community edition out.
VMware Tanzu Community Edition Released
Here is VMware’s slide on Tanzu Community Edition:
The key here is that VMware is emphasizing the open-source nature (it is on Github) and that it is freely available. It works with VMware, Azure, and AWS, as well as local workstations.
Getting set up with a management cluster takes a few minutes. A screenshot of part of the setup is the cover image for this article. VMware has focused on making this quick to deploy, especially since there are many quick k8s tools out there.
One of the other nice things is that VMware also has guides to get Octant running so one can see the cluster via a GUI as well.
Currently, Tanzu is available for amd64 platforms.
Overall, this is a great step for VMware. It is also one that the company frankly needs to do. VMware has an enviable position in the market with high-end enterprises building around VMware’s technology, and it has a lot of cool features. At the same time, it was late to adopt cloud, late to adopt containers and Kubernetes, and those misses have likely cost the company many hundreds of billions in revenue and market capitalization. Tanzu Community Edition is the right move for the company as it needs to play a bit of catch-up in the market. Of course, we always welcome VMware pushing more open source solutions as well as community edition solutions so this is a great market development and one we are genuinely excited about.