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VMware Tanzu Service Mesh, built on VMware NSX is Now Available!

VMware marked its entry into the service mesh space with the announcement of VMware NSX Service Mesh. Today, we have some exciting developments to share. First, VMware NSX Service Mesh is now VMware Tanzu Service Mesh. This new brand aligns with the VMware Tanzu Portfolio for modern applications that we launched today. Second, and more importantly, we are announcing that Tanzu Service Mesh, built on VMware NSX is now available for purchase.

Tanzu Service Mesh provides consistent connectivity and security for microservices – across all your Kubernetes clusters and clouds – in the most demanding multi-cluster and multi-cloud environments. Tanzu Service Mesh can be installed in Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) clusters and third-party Kubernetes-conformant clusters, and used with clusters managed by Tanzu Mission Control (i.e., Tanzu-managed clusters) or clusters managed by other Kubernetes platforms and managed services.


Beyond its multi-cloud focus, one of the other differentiating characteristics of Tanzu Service Mesh is its ability to support cross-cluster and cross-cloud use cases via Global Namespaces (GNS). A GNS abstracts an application from the underlying Kubernetes cluster namespaces and networking, allowing you to transcend infrastructure limitations and boundaries, and securely stretch applications across clusters and clouds. Global Namespaces allow Continue reading

NSX Service Mesh on VMware Tanzu: CONNECT & PROTECT Applications Across Your Kubernetes Clusters and Clouds

Authors: Mark Schweighardt, Tom Spoonemore

Modern enterprises are sprawling and complicated. They are transitioning from private to public clouds to address, for example, performance, availability, and data residency requirements, and to gain access to advanced services such as analytics and ML. They are also transforming their application architectures from monoliths to distributed microservices.

In August 2019, VMware introduced VMware Tanzu, a new portfolio of products and services to transform the way enterprises BUILD modern applications on Kubernetes, consistently RUN Kubernetes across clouds, and MANAGE Kubernetes fleets from a single control point. This is a huge win for our customers: Using Tanzu Mission Control to consistently create and manage the lifecycle of Kubernetes clusters across any cloud. 

But how do we consistently connect and secure traffic between the services distributed across all of these clusters and clouds, while delivering on application SLAs? Today we further develop this picture by introducing NSX Service Mesh on VMware TanzuNSX Service Mesh provides an application connectivity and security fabric that can span across all of your Kubernetes clusters and cloud environments. NSX Service Mesh allows you to: 

VMware and Google Showcase Hybrid Cloud Deployment for Application Platform and Development Teams

VMware and Google have been collaborating on a hybrid cloud for application platform and development teams. Both Google and VMware’s platforms are built on community-driven open-source technologies – namely Kubernetes, Envoy, and Istio. Having a common hybrid cloud foundation allows teams to run their applications on the optimal infrastructure and gives them more choice when modernizing existing applications or developing new cloud-native applications.

Digital transformation is rapidly changing the IT and application landscape. We are seeing a confluence of transformations that are happening simultaneously. These include hybrid clouds, microservice architectures, containerized applications, and service meshes – to name a few.

In this blog post, I will walk you through the architecture and specific use cases to illustrate the value a hybrid cloud deployment can deliver to application platform and development teams. We’ll do this by showing how a retail company can leverage many of these technology trends to help transform its business.


A Large Global Retailer Pursing Digital Transformation

Our retailer has a digital business transformation initiative. Its main goals are to become more agile and leapfrog its competitors. It operates a global network of stores. The retailer has data centers and branch offices across multiple countries. These data Continue reading