Welcome to VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes documentation. VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes is a cloud native messaging and streaming service that you can deploy on any Kubernetes cluster. Use this documentation to learn how to use this VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes offering. Note, VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes was formerly known as VMware Tanzu RabbitMQ for Kubernetes.

What is VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes?

VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes, one of VMware's commercial RabbitMQ offerings is a control plane for multi-rabbitMQ deployments in multi-cloud locations. It provides an easy, automated way to deploy and manage RabbitMQ brokers for reliable event and message distribution in multi-cloud locations.

It is a curated version built on the popular Open Source RabbitMQ messaging and streaming solution and further enhanced by VMware’s RabbitMQ engineering experts.

With VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes, developers can now manage their messaging systems virtually anywhere, leveraging simple and fast deployment to Kubernetes, low levels of DevOps maintenance, and access to the Kubernetes ecosystem for logging, monitoring, and tracking.

The VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes offering includes these main components:

  • VMware RabbitMQ OCI - This container image includes RabbitMQ, the Erlang runtime, and other dependencies as well as commercial plugins.

  • VMware RabbitMQ Kubernetes Operators and sidecar containers - This layer provides the control plane to create and manage RabbitMQ deployments with ease and zero downtime.

Figure 1. VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes Architecture
A typical multi-site VMware RabbitMQ deployment on Kubernetes. Applications can be deployed anywhere - on Kubernetes or externally.

What can VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes do?

When VMware RabbitMQ is deploying a RabbitMQ cluster, it also creates a Kubernetes service that allows other pods to use the cluster without the need for an additional load balancer. If you want to expose the RabbitMQ cluster to applications outside the Kubernetes cluster, VMware RabbitMQ configures this service to have a routable endpoint on the Kubernetes external load balancer.

VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes does not stop at cluster lifecycle management, you can also create and manage messaging topologies on the cluster and across clusters using the Kubernetes API.

Why use VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes?

  • Enterprise messaging on-demand virtually anywhere

  • Popular features include Warm Standby Replication, which is an automated disaster recovery solution with continuous schema definition and message replication to a remote cluster and the Intra-cluster Compression feature for data compression and cost saving.

  • Expert knowledge codified in an operator (VMware RabbitMQ Operator)

  • Rapid, self-service provisioning wherever Kubernetes is deployed

  • Safe for production: In combination with the VMware RabbitMQ Open Container Initiative (OCI) image, VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes allows developers to provision clusters with production-safe defaults. It also provides production manifest examples for many configurations.

  • Rolling Upgrades Made Easier - Rolling upgrades of a running deployment can be completed by simply updating the Kubernetes deployment manifest.

  • Security: Security is a major concern in both cloud and shared infrastructure environments. VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes helps developers secure their applications for zero-trust configurations with a variety of measures:

    • RabbitMQ OCI images based off the lightweight Photon OS, for minimal surface area of attack

    • Ability to configure both single and mutual TLS between RabbitMQ nodes and clients

    • Artifacts are automatically scanned for vulnerabilities and dependencies are updated in new image

  • Supported by VMware Experts: VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes was created by VMware experts with years of experience deploying it in enterprise environments in order to make going to production safer and easier.

How to use VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes Documentation

The VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes documentation set in HTML reflects the latest update release of VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes. For example, the VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes version 1.5 HTML documentation set contains updates for all 1.5.x releases. Use the navigation on the left to browse through this documentation. This HTML documentation set also comes in PDF format, which you can access by selecting the Download PDF icon on any page in the HTML documentation. This icon is also located on the navigation on the left. All previous releases of VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes is available in PDF format only, which is also available from the navigation on the left.

The release notes information for the latest update release includes detailed information about the latest released features, functions, and packages included in the release so it is recommended to review the release notes before using your VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes offering to find out more. The Release Notes also includes detailed information about what is included in all previous VMware RabbitMQ for Kubernetes releases.

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