Top PKS Moments from VMworld 2018
Mike Koleno, CTO, Cloud Practice
At VMworld 2017, VMware, Pivotal, and Google collectively announced that a commercial version of the open-source project Kubo (Kubernetes powered by BOSH) would be made available under the product name Pivotal Container Services (PKS).
Since then, Kubernetes has continued to soar to new levels. Intrigue into Kubernetes and containers has grown in the enterprise — most enterprise application development teams are experimenting with Kubernetes for the first time, and more advanced organizations are figuring out how to run and manage it at scale.
I spoke with a handful of IT executives at VMworld 2018, and many are intrigued by Kubernetes and containers but worried about how they will run and manage them effectively. One executive I spoke with was incredibly interested in PKS’s ability to run in his data center and offload Day 2 operations of Kubernetes to BOSH.
Regardless of organizational maturity surrounding Kubernetes and containers, VMworld treated its attendees to a handful of PKS product and ecosystem updates. Here are a few of the best enterprise-driven PKS moments from VMworld 2018.
1. VMware is the dial tone for enterprise Kubernetes
Dubbed conference-wide as “the dial-tone for Kubernetes,” VMware’s cloud platform and product suite provide the best environment to run Kubernetes at scale in enterprise environments. With advances in product technology and security of Harbor and NSX coupled with the familiarity of traditional VMware tools, PKS provides enterprises the choice of whether to securely run containers in their own data centers or in the public cloud. As we heard at VMworld, support to run PKS on both AWS and Azure will be released in the future.
2. Customers are already having success leveraging PKS
At VMworld, the PKS product team highlighted some wins from early adopting customers, including Swisscom, NCB Jamaica, and Priority Payment Systems. Representatives from each company were happy to explain how they are using PKS today and where the product has folded into their cloud native roadmaps. From the Keynote stage on Day 2, Ramon Lewis, CIO of National Commercial Bank of Jamaica, discussed how he and his organization are currently using PKS to provide an “Amazon-like experience for all customers” in aspiring to become the first digital bank in the Caribbean. Lewis explained that PKS is up and running on vSphere across all its agile labs and offices and has enabled his teams to build and deploy faster than ever before.
When adopting new technologies, it’s important for customers to hear how others in the community have leveraged this new technology to overcome challenges.
3. Popular products are available and supported on PKS
Aside from hearing from like-minded peers in the industry about how PKS is being by enterprises today, it’s also important for customers to feel that the products they love are supported and available on new technologies like PKS. To this end, the Redis Enterprise team provided both a great demo on stage and a detailed blog that walks through how Redis Enterprise works on PKS. Other companies, including Confluent, CrunchyData, and CloudBees, presented ways their product teams have strategically maneuvered to support the enterprise’s growing demand for PKS.
4. Wavefront integration with PKS
As part of the keynote last Monday, audience members saw VMWare’s Wavefront integration with PKS. This functionality may have appeared new to those listening to the speech, but Solstice has been working for months with PKS and has leaned heavily on Wavefront for real-time cloud monitoring and analytics wherever possible. In fact, as part of our annual Solstice FWD summit in June, several of the experience demos that we built for the event had components running on PKS, and we snapped Wavefront monitoring and analytics in with a couple of quick clicks.