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 on Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure. 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 registry, networking, monitoring, 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 Service

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service, informally known as TKGS, lets you create and operate Tanzu Kubernetes clusters natively in vSphere with Tanzu. You use the Kubernetes CLI to invoke the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service and provision and manage Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. The Kubernetes clusters provisioned by the service are fully conformant, so you can deploy all types of Kubernetes workloads you would expect. vSphere with Tanzu leverages many reliable vSphere features to improve the Kubernetes experience, including vCenter SSO, the Content Library for Kubernetes software distributions, vSphere networking, vSphere storage, vSphere HA and DRS, and vSphere security. For more information, 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.

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition, informally known as TKGI, is a Kubernetes-based container solution that is integrated with Cloud Foundry BOSH and Ops Manager. Formerly known as VMware Enterprise PKS, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition allows you to provision, operate, and manage Kubernetes clusters. It provides advanced networking, a private container registry, and lifecycle management, so that you can run and manage containers at scale on private and public clouds. If you are using Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition, see the VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition Documentation.

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