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VMware Tanzu Application Platform 1.1 Enhances Developer Productivity

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VMware has announced the availability of Tanzu Application Platform version 1.1, which includes a number of key changes to simplify the work of developers and provide a better user experience. Featuring enhanced multi-cluster support, the 1.1 release makes it faster and easier for a Kubernetes workload to travel on the path to production across multiple clusters.

On the latest episode of TFiR Newsroom, Catherine McGarvey, Vice President of Software Engineering at VMware, says, “It’s hard to both innovate and stay up to date with what’s happening out there. But I think as a result, our customers are really getting the newest stuff which is also validated in a secure way.”

Key highlights of this video interview are:

  • The application platform now supports multiple clusters, enabling developers to see and localize each environment separately. McGarvey explains the three key ways Tanzu Application Platform is supporting multi-clusters.
  • VMware has optimized the platform for different installs and plans. McGarvey explains how this is enabling greater security for each cluster and utilizing the resources to maximum efficiency for each individual cluster.
  • McGarvey explains how in the previous release, TAP’s supply chain only supported creating images using our build packs, this release supports bring your own images. However, she explains how VMware has tackled this problem with the new release enabling developers to plug them into that supply chain.
  • Initially with the 1.0 version, the UX experience was just API and CLI, however, McGarvey explains how they have improved on this and how it is helping visualize the path to production when you commit your code.
  • Another key feature McGarvey discusses is role-based access control. She discusses how the five initial roles VMware recommends work and how customers can customize them based on their own security landscape.
  • McGarvey explains how enabling developers to plug in their own container images and validate them is helping improve security.
  • Open source communities and different companies are working to build on top of Kubernetes to extend its functions and move the abstraction layer up. McGarvey explains how Kubernetes is the starting point for developers and how they are working to simplify the landscape.
  • Tanzu 1.1 aims to make it easier for developers to see the state of the system with its single interface. McGarvey explains how the interface helps save time enabling people to focus more on their business outcomes.
  • The cloud computing skills gap continues to be problematic as businesses struggle to find people with the right experience and skills. McGarvey explains how VMware is making it easier for businesses to embrace these technologies without in-house technical expertise.
  • McGarvey describes what areas VMware will be focussing on in the future. She discusses what improvements they are working on and how they will help developers.

Guest: Catherine McGarvey (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Company: VMware (Twitter)
Show: TFiR Newsroom
Keywords: Tanzu Application Platform, Kubernetes

About Catherine McGarvey: Catherine McGarvey is the VP of Software Engineering at VMware, leading a distributed engineering team focused on developer and platform operator products for VM and Kubernetes. She has had the privilege of being involved in a number of OS communities including Apache Geode, RabbitMQ, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry and knative.

About VMware: VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. The VMware Tanzu portfolio of products and services enables the modernization of your applications and infrastructure to deliver better software to production, continuously and securely.

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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