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VMware brings Tanzu Application Platform into GA to ease Kubernetes adoption


VMware on Tuesday announced the general availability of the Tanzu Application Platform, which is designed to help customers quickly build and deploy software on any public cloud or on-premises Kubernetes cluster. VMware rolled out its Tanzu portfolio in late 2019, and executives later said the company is "all-in on Kubernetes." According to Ajay Patel, VMware already has "hundreds" of customers adopting the Tanzu portfolio each quarter, VMware's SVP and GM of the Modern Apps and Management Business Group. The portfolio has customers in a range of industries, including the US Army Software Factory, Cerner, Humana and Voya Financial. The company has also encouraged Kubernetes adoption with Kube Academy, the free educational program it launched in 2019.

VMware introduces Tanzu Advanced for enterprise DevSecOps


VMware on Wednesday announced the latest addition to its Tanzu product line. Tanzu is VMware's portfolio for building and managing modern applications. The new Tanzu Advanced service builds on VMware Tanzu Standard with a greater focus on DevSecOps for enterprises. It's a full stack of modular capabilities that VMware said puts the developer experience front and center and integrates security into the container lifecycle. VMware said Tanzu Advanced makes it easier for operators to centrally manage Kubernetes clusters across teams and clouds, and to gain full observability into the health and performance of clusters across clouds.

VMware plots 'modern network' strategy with Project Antrea, new features for Tanzu service mesh


VMware on Monday announced several updates to its virtual networking products and services, including new capabilities across its service mesh, Tanzu, SD-WAN, and Project Monterey products. In Tanzu, VMware is announcing a new attribute-based policy model for its service mesh technology. Tanzu is VMware's portfolio for building and managing modern applications, and its service mesh technology lives within that product line. Service mesh technology is meant to function as a control point between containers, ensuring that individual containers are allowed to communicate with each other. It also allows developers to understand data such as performance and response time.

Dell Technologies intros new PowerProtect series appliances


Dell Technologies on Wednesday rolled out a series of updates to its storage and data protection portfolio, including expanded integrations between the PowerProtect and VMware Tanzu portfolios. Specifically, Dell is introducing the PowerProtect DP series appliances, the next iteration of its Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA). The expanded portfolio offers faster backups (up to 38% faster) and faster restores (up to 45% faster), and up to a 50% increase in IOPS. On efficiency, the new appliances have hardware assisted compression, which offers higher deduplication rates and 30% higher capacity. In addition to the new hardware, Dell is adding new capabilities to its cyber recovery product.

Dell builds tighter VMware integrations for cloud, app modernization


Dell Technologies on Tuesday rolled out a series of updates to its products and services deeply integrated with VMware, the software company within its portfolio that serves as the linchpin to Dell's cloud effort. Specifically, Dell announced updates to Dell Technologies Cloud, portfolio updates to better support VMware's Tanzu platform for app modernization, as well as updates to its storage and data protection portfolio for VMware workloads. The announcements were timed to coincide with VMware's annual VMworld conference, which is virtual this year. Dell Technologies holds an 81 percent stake in VMware -- and it may spin off VMware, so it can monetize its stake in the virtualization company. Still, VMware is critical to Dell's multi-cloud efforts.