VMware Tanzu Advanced Edition is a set of capabilities that delivers best-of-breed capabilities for the enterprise embarking on a multi-cloud app modernization journey. VMware Tanzu Advanced simplifies and secures the container lifecycle, enabling teams to deliver modern applications at scale on-premises and in the public cloud.

Tanzu Advanced Architecture

VMware Tanzu Advanced is comprised of multiple offerings from the VMware Tanzu Portfolio, that allow you to build and manage a complete, enterprise-class Kubernetes development environment, for both cloud and on-premises deployments.

Platform operators and devops create, maintain, and operate isolated development environments Developers can architect applications as they choose, with high levels of automation

VMware Tanzu Advanced provides the following benefits to infrastructure admins and developers:

Speed development & delivery of containerized workloads

  • Microservices frameworks, data services
  • Curated catalog of validated open source software
  • Automated container build and maintenance
  • Easy access to resources via workspaces and namespaces

Secure the container lifecycle

  • Source code provenance from OSS
  • Automated security patching of containers
  • Private container image registry with security scanning
  • Intelligent policy enforcement of application connectivity
  • Encrypted delivery of images to Kubernetes and between pods
  • CIS benchmark inspection

Simplify operating containers & clusters across clouds

  • Advanced policy management of Kubernetes estate
  • Observability of K8s performance
  • Advanced networking and load balancing across clouds
  • Services connectivity across containerized workloads and clouds

Simplify and Secure the Container Lifecycle

The following sections provide a brief description of the individual components of Tanzu Advanced Edition, with links to their documentation.

Global Control Plane

Tanzu Advanced Edition provides Software-as-a-Service (Saas) services that allow you to perform policy-based cluster lifecycle management, to observe and monitor your deployment, and to ensure connectivity.

VMware Tanzu Mission Control

VMware Tanzu Mission Control provides a centralized management platform for consistently operating and securing your Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications across multiple teams and clouds.

Tanzu Mission Control

Tanzu Mission Control provides a data model for grouping your Kubernetes resources into a manageable hierarchy, and a policy engine for consistent and secure management of the clusters in your organization. Tanzu Mission Control also provides a hosted Tanzu Kubernetes Grid implementation as a managed service for cluster lifecycle management in public cloud environments.

Read more about Tanzu Mission Control

VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront

VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront is a high-performance streaming analytics platform that supports observability (metrics, histograms, traces/spans), alerting, and more.

Tanzu Observability architecture

You ingest data from many sources, including from Kubernetes and Prometheus, then analyze them in pre-defined or custom charts and dashboards, and send alert notifications to your choice of alert target.

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VMware Tanzu Service Mesh

VMware Tanzu Service Mesh, built on VMware NSX, is VMware's enterprise-class service mesh solution that provides consistent control and security for microservices, end users, and data—across all your clusters and clouds—in the most demanding multicluster and multicloud environments.

Tanzu Service Mesh architecture

Tanzu Service Mesh is available from VMware Cloud services.

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Compute Runtime and Cluster Lifecycle Management

Tanzu Advanced Edition provides access to platforms that you use to create Kubernetes clusters and manage their lifecycle, natively in vSphere and in the cloud, both on-premises and as an online service.

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid

VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 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.

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid architecture

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.

  • Cluster lifecycle Management with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid CLI, backed by Cluster API
  • Harbor container Registry
  • Container Networking with Antrea
  • Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana
  • Authentication with Dex and Gangway
  • Ingress control with Contour
  • Logging with Fluent Bit
  • Backup and Restore of management clusters with Velero
  • Conformance and diagnostics with Crash Diagnostics

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VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service

The Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service lets you create and operate Tanzu Kubernetes clusters natively in vSphere with Tanzu.

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service in vSphere with Tanzu architecture

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.

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Networking

Tanzu Advanced Edition provides the VMware Container Networking with Antrea for Tanzu Advanced container network interface (CNI) and load balancing services with VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer.

VMware Container Networking with Antrea for Tanzu Advanced Edition

When you use the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid CLI to deploy a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster, a VMware Container Networking with Antrea CNI is automatically enabled in the cluster. Tanzu Advanced Edition provides additional CNI features with VMware Container Networking with Antrea for Tanzu Advanced Edition.

Read more about VMware Container Networking with Antrea for Tanzu Advanced Edition

VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer

Formerly known as Avi Vantage, VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer provides a centrally managed, dynamic pool of load balancing resources on commodity x86 servers, VMs or containers, to deliver granular services close to individual applications. This allows network services to scale near infinitely without the added complexity of managing hundreds of disparate appliances. NSX Advanced Load Balancer provides comprehensive load balancing, ingress, intrinsic security, Web Application Firewall (WAF), Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB), DNS, and IPAM. NSX Advanced Load Balancer delivers application services beyond load balancing, such as application analytics, predictive autoscaling, micro-segmentation, and self-service for app owners, with integrations for on-premises or cloud deployments.

NSX Avdanced LB Consolidated Application Services

NSX Advanced Load Balancer uses big data analytics to analyze the data and present actionable insights to administrators on intuitive dashboards on the Avi Admin Console. Tanzu Advanced Edition provides you with a license for NSX Advanced Load Balancer Enterprise.

Read more about NSX Advanced Load Balancer

Container Build

After you have set up the infrastructure and started deploying clusters, Tanzu Advanced Edition provides the tools that you need in order to build, run, and manage your Kubernetes applications.

Harbor Registry

Harbor is an open source, trusted, cloud native container registry that stores, signs, and scans content. Harbor extends the open source Docker Distribution by adding the functionalities usually required by users such as security, identity control and management.

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid includes signed binaries for Harbor, that you can deploy on a shared services cluster to provide container registry services for other Tanzu Kubernetes clusters.

Harbor Registry

You can use the Harbor shared service as a private registry for images that you want to make available to all of the Tanzu Kubernetes clusters that you deploy from a given management cluster. An advantage to using the Harbor shared service is that it is managed by Kubernetes, so it provides greater reliability than a standalone registry.

Read more about Harbor Registry

VMware Tanzu Build Service for Tanzu Advanced

VMware Tanzu Build Service for Tanzu Advanced uses the open-source Cloud Native Buildpacks project to turn application source code into container images. Build Service executes reproducible builds that align with modern container standards, and additionally keeps images up-to-date.

Tanzu Build Service for Tanzu Advanced

It does so by leveraging Kubernetes infrastructure with kpack, a Cloud Native Buildpacks Platform, to orchestrate the image lifecycle. The kpack CLI tool, kp can aid in managing kpack resources.

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VMware Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced

VMware Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced is a customizable selection of open source software that is continuously maintained and verifiably tested for use in production environments. Tanzu Application Catalog gives developers the productivity and agility of pre-packaged apps and components, while enabling operators to meet the stringent security and transparency requirements of enterprise IT.

Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced architecture

  1. The operator understands the software needs of teams and can select applications from the wide selection in Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced.
  2. Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced watches upstream repositories. When an update is found, or a new application is added, Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced retrieves it.
  3. The code is built, packaged, then validated on all supported platforms. Reports are generated and made available via the Tanzu Application Catalog console.
  4. Once fully tested, the integrated container is pushed to the Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced registry.
  5. At this point, your CI/CD pipeline, or other automated process, takes over

VMware Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced provides a curated, secure, and automatically updated catalog of images.

Tanzu Application Catalog for Tanzu Advanced service

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Container Deploy with VMware Spring Runtime

VMware Tanzu Advanced Edition provides access to all of the VMware Spring Runtime.

VMware Spring Cloud Data Flow for Kubernetes

VMware Spring Cloud Data Flow is an open-source toolkit that can deploy streaming and batch data pipelines to Kubernetes. The data pipelines are composed of Spring Cloud Stream or Spring Cloud Task applications. A streaming pipeline DSL makes it easy to specify which apps to deploy and how to connect outputs and inputs. The composed task DSL is useful for when a series of task apps must be run as a directed graph. VMware Spring Cloud Data Flow provides a CI/CD-centered approach to orchestrate and manage event streaming and batch workloads, with IoT and streaming analytics, event-driven architectures, direct acyclic data topologies, and more than 70 applications that are ready for integration.

Spring Cloud Data Flow for Kubernetes

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VMware tc Server

VMware tc Server is a Web application server based on open-source Apache Tomcat. It preserves the best of Tomcat and adds many mission-critical operational capabilities that are unavailable in the open-source product. VMware tc Server harnesses the power of traditional JEE architectures and eliminates their complexity and performance drawbacks, making it easier, faster, and more cost-effective to build and run cloud-ready applications. With its lean architecture and small memory footprint, tc Server requires significantly fewer resources than conventional servers, which allows for greater server density in virtual and cloud environments.

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Pivotal Distribution of OpenJDK

Pivotal Distribution of OpenJDK includes ongoing support, plus regular security and performance updates. This distribution is based on the open source OpenJDK, providing regular security updates, performance improvements, support, and upgrades.

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Data Services

VMware Tanzu Advanced Edition provides different options to provide data services to your applications.

VMware Tanzu SQL with Postgres for Kubernetes

VMware Tanzu SQL with Postgres for Kubernetes provides a DevOps-friendly experience for Postgres and MySQL, both on-premises and in the public cloud. VMware Tanzu SQL with Postgres for Kubernetes provides database management functionality across fleets of Postgres clusters deployed to Kubernetes.

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VMware Postgres

VMware Postgres is open source software based on the PostgreSQL source code.

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