San Francisco \u2013 VMware has announced an initiative that will help make it easier for current vSphere customers to build and manage Kubernetes containers as the platform evolves.\nThe company, at its VMworld customer event, announced VMware Tanzu which is made up of myriad new and existing VMware technologies to create a portfolio of products and services aimed at \u00a0enterprises looking to more quickly build software in Kubernetes containers.\n\nVMware believes that Kubernetes has emerged as the infrastructure layer to accommodate a diversity of applications. VMware says that from 2018 to 2023 \u2013 with new tools\/platforms, more developers, agile methods, and lots of code reuse \u2013 500 million new logical apps will be created serving the needs of many application types and spanning all types of environments.\u00a0\u00a0\n\u201cWe view Tanzu as a comprehensive environment for customers to bridge between the development and operational world. It\u2019ll be super-powerful, enterprise grade Kubernetes platform. Kubernetes is the main tool for this transition and we now have a lot of work to do to make it work,\u201d said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware at the VMworld event.\u00a0\nGelsinger noted that VMware\u2019s investments in Kubernetes technologies, including its buy of Heptio, Bitnami and now Pivital,\u00a0make the company a top-three open-source contributor to Kubernetes.\nKey to the grand Tanzu plan is technology VMware calls Project Pacific which will add Kubernetes to vSphere \u2013 the company\u2019s flagship virtualization software. By embedding Kubernetes into the control plane of vSphere, it will enable the convergence of containers and VMs onto a single platform. Project Pacific will also add a container runtime into the hypervisor, VMware stated.\u00a0 \u00a0\nThe new native pots for VMware's bare-metal hypervisor ESXi\u00a0will combine the best properties of Kubernetes pods and VMs to help deliver a secure and high-performance runtime for mission-critical workloads. Additionally, Project Pacific will deliver a native virtual network spanning VMs and containers, VMware stated.\u00a0 \u00a0\nIT operators will use vSphere tools to deliver Kubernetes clusters to developers, who can then use Kubernetes APIs to access VMware\u2019s software defined data-center (SDDC) infrastructure. With Project Pacific, both developers and IT operators will gain a consistent view via Kubernetes constructs within vSphere.\n\u201cProject Pacific will embed Kubernetes into the control plane of vSphere, for unified access to compute, storage and networking resources, and also converge VMs and containers using the new Native Pods that are high performing, secure and easy to consume," wrote Kit Colbert vice president and CTO of VMware\u2019s Cloud Platform business unit in a blog about Project Pacific. \u201cConcretely this will mean that IT Ops can see and manage Kubernetes objects (e.g. pods) from the vSphere Client. It will also mean all the various vSphere scripts, third-party tools, and more will work against Kubernetes.\u201d\nTanzu will also feature a single management package \u2013 VMware Tanzu Mission Control \u2013 which will function as a single point of control where customers can manage Kubernetes clusters regardless of where they are running, the company stated.\nTanzu also utilizes technology VMware bought from Bitnami which offers a catalog of pre-built, scanned, tested and maintained Kubernetes application content. The Bitnami application catalog supports and has been certified for all major Kubernetes platforms, including VMware PKS.\nTanzu also integrates VMware\u2019s own container technology it currently develops with Pivotal, Pivotal Container Service (PKS), which it just last week said it intends to acquire. PKS delivers Kubernetes-based container services for multi-cloud enterprises and service providers.\nWith Project Pacific, IT will have unified visibility into vCenter Server for Kubernetes clusters, containers and existing VMs, as well as apply enterprise-grade vSphere capabilities (like high availability, Distributed Resource Scheduler, and vMotion) at the app level, Colbert wrote.\nVMware didn\u2019t say when Tanzu will become part of vSphere but as features get baked into the platform and tested customers could expect it \u201csoon,\u201d VMware executives said.\n\u201cKubernetes can help organizations achieve consistency and drive developer velocity across a variety of infrastructures, but enterprises also require effective control, policy and security capabilities. Building on its acquisitions, organic innovation and open-source contributions, VMware has staked out its place as a leader in this rapidly evolving cloud-native industry.\u201d said 451 Research Principal Analyst Jay Lyman in a statement.