Author: Hasan Selman

More and more applications are starting to take advantage of the container structure. Thanks to Docker, these structures have become more prevalent in the last few years and especially effective in microservice-oriented applications running on the cloud. You can now use VMware Tanzu to create this structure that provides benefits such as efficient use of resources, automatic scaling, and procedural quality improvement. The VMware Tanzu product family delivers dramatic benefits from application development to publishing and management. However, before moving on to these, let’s remember the basics.

What is a container?

Rooted from Unix and Linux-based systems, the container structure is created by packaging the code and all it needs (such as runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings). Thus, the application can work the same in different environments.

Advantages of using containers

It is possible to easily install the application in the container in any environment, as a single package contains all needed. At the same time, things get faster with a single installation. Another advantage is security because applications work in the container in isolation from the rest of the system. This protects the data and the digital environment against threats from outside.

Where are containers used?

The containers’ journey started in Linux and Unix environments. They are now everywhere, from server operating systems to mobile devices, from consumer systems to data centers, cloud, and serverless environments.

The difference between containers and virtual machines
Utilizing a similar system of resource isolation and separation as virtual machines, containers differ functionally. Containers virtualize on the operating system rather than the hardware. This makes them more portable and efficient.

Containers running on the application layer share the same operating system kernel with other containers on the same machine but run as isolated processes from a user perspective.

Containers take up less space than a virtual machine to run more applications while using less operating system and virtual machine resources.

However, it is also possible to combine the advantages of the two and use containers on the virtual machine. This gives flexibility in terms of installing and managing applications.

What is Kubernetes?

Another major step in the containerization journey is the use of Kubernetes. Kubernetes, which has become an industry-standard, attracts attention as a tool that can provide effective resource management for tens of thousands of containers. It can also run on all different infrastructures, from on-premises hardware to private data centers or cloud service providers.

What is VMware Tanzu?

The Tanzu product line, announced by VMware with vSphere 7.0, enables modern cloud-based applications’ development, operation, and management. Introduced by VMware as a fundamental tool in application modernization, Tanzu products simplify multi-cloud operations and increase developers’ productivity when working together.

The difference of VMware Tanzu

To highlight the tangible advantages Tanzu offers:

  • It shortens software development cycles by 56 percent. Changes and new features can be easily integrated into applications, reducing the time to release/present the software.
  • It reduces the time devoted to debugging and patching processes by 5 times. The weak points of the software can be detected more quickly and easily fixed with Tanzu’s integrated methods and tools.
  • It increases operational efficiency by 78% with innovative cloud mechanisms such as automation, standardization, and monitoring.

Key features of VMware Tanzu

Tanzu, which can run on all cloud systems, has the following key features:

  • Ease of automation: You can benefit from automation on a massive scale in the field of management and governance, as well as automating container production. It is possible to perform everything from patching to platform updates during operation without interruption. The ability to automatically increase capacity in scaling ensures that your experience will not change even in traffic peaks.
  • Secure containers: After choosing verified open-source containers, software, and operating system, you always make sure to select the most secure stack from the up-to-date application catalog. You can also audit the open-source libraries and binaries if you wish.
  • Modern data layer: You can cache legacy data and use it in modern applications or create new data architectures for speed and scale-oriented applications.
  • Kubernetes: You can provide developers with secure and self-service Kubernetes cluster access using your existing data center tools and workflows. You can also migrate existing Kubernetes runtimes to the public cloud or edge computing environments. It is also possible to reduce your risk by automating lifecycle management in multi-cluster operations.
  • Management and monitoring: VMware Tanzu products provide complete transparency and allow you to implement and change operational controls over services quickly. The solution also protects data in transit, providing a secure communication environment for DevSecOps teams. Intelligent alert systems enable you to detect anomalies in your applications and Kubernetes, cloud, and other settings. VMware Tanzu can be monitored instantly with customizable dashboards and offers comprehensive monitoring capabilities with analytical-oriented measures.

Netaş offers an end-to-end solution for VMware Tanzu, including system installation, management, and software development support. Expert consultants support you to run the applications you develop in the cloud. Those who want to modernize their applications can get support from Netaş’s software and testing team, especially experienced in cloud-native, microservices, and legacy applications.

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