VMware vSphere© with VMware Tanzu™ is a platform for running containerized applications in vSphere. vSphere administrators enable vSphere with Tanzu on vSphere clusters to create a developer-ready platform where DevOps engineers and application developers can run Kubernetes applications in a self-service manner.

vSphere clusters enabled with vSphere with Tanzu are called Supervisors. vSphere administrators can create namespaces on the Supervisor, called vSphere Namespaces, and configure them with a certain amount of memory, CPU, and storage. DevOps engineers and application developers can then run Kubernetes containers within the vSphere Namespaces by deploying vSphere Pods, VMs, or by creating upstream Kubernetes clusters through VMware Tanzu™ Kubernetes Grid™ and run your applications inside these clusters.

vSphere with Tanzu Platform

Learn About the vSphere with Tanzu Features

Before you turn vSphere into a platform for running containerized workloads:

Once you understand how vSphere with Tanzu functions, learn how to install and configure your first Supervisor. The next step is to deploy workloads on the Supervisor:

To keep your vSphere with Tanzu environment up to date, backup and restore, and troubleshoot, learn how to maintain vSphere with Tanzu.

Checkout what is the general workflow for using the vSphere with Tanzu platform and documentation:


vSphere with Tanzu workflow and documentation

Learn More About vSphere with Tanzu

Learn more about vSphere with Tanzu from the following resources:

  • Learn about vSphere with Tanzu from the vSphere with Tanzu product page.
  • Ask questions about vSphere with Tanzu in the vSphere community forum.
  • Explore vSphere with Tanzu without having to install it using the vSphere with Tanzu hands-on lab.
  • Checkout the technical content that covers different aspects of vSphere with Tanzu, from the latest features to deep-dive technical articles on the vSphere with Tanzu Tech Zone.
  • Explore the articles about vSphere with Tanzu on the William Lam blog. William Lam is a Staff Solutions Architect working at VMware. The blog focuses on automation, integration, and operation of the VMware Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC).

Use the vSphere with Tanzu Documentation

The vSphere with Tanzu documentation reflects the latest changes in the vSphere with Tanzu platform that are delivered with the vSphere releases. For example, version 8.0 contains all the updates for 8.0.x releases. All our documentation comes in PDF format, which you can access by selecting the Download PDF icon Download PDF icon on any page in the HTML documentation. PDFs for previous releases of vSphere with Tanzu are available for download in a ZIP archive format. The archive can be found under the vSphere with Tanzu Documentation Archive heading for each major version in the table of contents on the left.

You can create custom documentation collections, containing only the content that meets your specific information needs, using MyLibrary.