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VMware Launches Kubernetes-as-a-ServiceVMware Launches Kubernetes-as-a-Service

VMware is launching a platform to run containerized applications on Kubernetes on public clouds: Amazon Web Services at first, with more to come.

Mitch Wagner

June 26, 2018

4 Min Read
VMware Launches Kubernetes-as-a-Service

VMware is hoping to get a big mouthful of that sweet Kubernetes pie, launching a Kubernetes-as-a-service cloud platform. But other big companies are already sitting at that table.

Kubernetes is a booming open source platform for running and orchestrating containerized applications. Now, VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) is offering VMware Kubernetes Engine, providing enterprises with an alternative to running Kubernetes themselves. VMware is running Kubernetes on public clouds, initially Amazon Web Services Inc. , with Microsoft Azure to come soon. And enterprises can run their apps on VMware's Kubernetes platform.

Kubernetes can be very complex, Bill Shelton, VMware VP for cloud native applications, tells Light Reading. By hosting Kubernetes in the cloud, VMware can mitigate that complexity for enterprises, who are free to focus on the applications that run on Kubernetes.

Many enterprises just aren't going to be competitive by building deep competency, expertise and staff with Kubernetes skills.

Figure 1: Photo by Dan Parsons CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Photo by Dan Parsons CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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