vSphere with Tanzu objects, such as stand-alone VMs and Tanzu Kubernetes clusters, use content libraries as centralized repositories for templates, images, distributions, and other files related to their deployment.
Creating and Managing Content Libraries for Tanzu Kubernetes releases VMware Tanzu distributes Kubernetes software versions as Tanzu Kubernetes releases. To consume these releases, you configure a vSphere Content Library and synchronize the available releases. You can do so using a subscription-based model, or on-demand. If you want to provision Tanzu Kubernetes in an internet restricted environment, you can create a local library and manually import the releases.
Creating and Managing Content Libraries for Stand-Alone VMs in vSphere with Tanzu A stand-alone VM in the vSphere with Tanzu environment requires an access to VM images, or templates, that contain software configurations, including operating systems, applications, and data. To provide an access to images, configure a VM content library and associate it with the namespace where the VMs are deployed.