Overview of Tanzu Application Platform

Warning: Tanzu Application Platform is currently in beta (intended for evaluation and test purposes only).

Tanzu Application Platform is a packaged set of components that helps developers and operators build, deploy, and manage apps on Kubernetes.

Simplify workflows in both the inner loop and outer loop of Kubernetes-based app development with Tanzu Application Platform.

  • Inner Loop:

    • The inner loop describes a developer’s development cycle of iterating on code.
    • Inner loop activities include coding, testing, and debugging before making a commit.
    • On cloud-native or Kubernetes platforms, developers in the inner loop often build container images and connect their app to all necessary services, apps, and APIs to deploy it to a development environment.
  • Outer Loop:

    • The outer loop describes how operators deploy apps to production and maintain them over time.
    • On a cloud-native platform, outer loop activities include building container images, adding container security, and configuring continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines.
    • Outer loop activities are challenging in a Kubernetes-based development environment due to app delivery platforms being constructed from various third-party and open source components with numerous configuration options.

Tanzu Application Platform provides a default set of components that automates pushing an app to staging and production on Kubernetes, solving pains for both inner and outer loops. In addition, operators can customize the platform by replacing Tanzu Application Platform components with other products.

Kubernetes deployment complexity is reduced for operators with better automation and standardization of the outer loop, giving developers more time to focus on code.

Installation Profiles and Profiles in Tanzu Application Platform v0.3

Tanzu Application Platform is available through pre-defined profiles or individual packages.

The following profiles are available in Tanzu Application Platform:

  • Developer Light: Contains packages that drive the Inner Loop developer experience of building and iterating on applications.

  • Tanzu Application Platform Full: This profile contains all of the Tanzu Application Platform packages.

About Installing the Tanzu Application Platform v0.3 (Beta-3)

To install the Tanzu Application Platform profiles, see Installing Tanzu Application Platform.

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