VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid provides a consistent, upstream-compatible implementation of Kubernetes, that is tested, signed, and supported by VMware. Tanzu Kubernetes Grid is central to many of the offerings in the VMware Tanzu portfolio.

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All of the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid offerings provision and manage the lifecycle of Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. A Tanzu Kubernetes cluster is an opinionated installation of Kubernetes open-source software that is built and supported by VMware. In all of the offerings, you provision and use Tanzu Kubernetes clusters in a declarative manner that is familiar to Kubernetes operators and developers. The different Tanzu Kubernetes Grid offerings provision and manage Tanzu Kubernetes clusters on different platforms, in ways that are designed to be as similar as possible, but that are subtly different.

Each VMware Tanzu offering provides documentation that describes how to use its Tanzu Kubernetes Grid implementation in the context of that product. Make sure that you consult the correct documentation for the implementation of Tanzu Kubernetes Grid that you are using.

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, informally known as TKG, is a multi-cloud Kubernetes footprint that you can run both on-premises in vSphere and in the public cloud. In addition to Kubernetes binaries that are tested, signed, and supported by VMware, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid includes signed and supported versions of open source applications to provide the networking, authentication, ingress control, and logging services that a production Kubernetes environment requires. If you are using Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, see the VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Documentation.

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus is an add-on to Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus provides an extended support matrix of open source applications that is larger than the list of applications that Tanzu Kubernetes Grid provides. If you have Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus, the VMware Tanzu Support team can assist you with setting up this wider range of supported applications. For information about the additional support that VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus provides, see Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus Supported Technology Matrix (KB 78173).

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service for vSphere

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service for vSphere, informally known as TKG Service, is a Kubernetes experience that is tightly integrated with vSphere 7.0 and made available with VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0. Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service runs on Supervisor Clusters in vSphere with Kubernetes to create Kubernetes conformant clusters that have been optimized for vSphere. If you are using Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service for vSphere, see the VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service for vSphere Documentation.

VMware Tanzu Mission Control

VMware Tanzu Mission Control, informally known as TMC, provides a hosted Tanzu Kubernetes Grid implementation as a managed service for public cloud environments. Tanzu Mission Control is available through VMware Cloud services. Tanzu Mission Control provides a centralized management platform for consistently operating and securing your Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications across multiple teams and clouds. If you are using the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid service that Tanzu Mission Control provides, see the VMware Tanzu Mission Control Documentation.

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