VMware has signaled a significant change to its VMware Cloud Partner Program (VCPP) by offering members tools that let them run a cloud service with less of their own hardware.
An announcement made at the company's VMworld Europe conference said VMware thinks VCPP members "are looking to expand their business model to offer VMware Software Defined Data Centers running in the major public clouds without owning and operating the underlying cloud infrastructure."
So the company has created "Project Path", tolls it says will "build on and expand on foundational capabilities of the VMware Cloud Provider Platform—VMware vCloud Director and VMware Cloud Provider Hub" but let VCPP members use hardware in their own clouds, or tap into "VMware SDDCs running in AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, or Oracle Cloud; and native public clouds.:
The plan for Project Path is for a range of services - self-service multi-tenant IaaS, containers, migration, backup, disaster recovery, object storage, database as a service, security, application templates - to be available for MSPs and VCPP members to deliver across any other VMware-powered clouds.
VCPP members have also been given a new way to run vCloud Director, in the form of a SaaS version of the tool.
"With multi-tenant capabilities, MSPs will be able to easily share a pool of VMware Cloud on AWS capacity across multiple tenants. This will reduce providers’ overall costs while providing the flexibility to right-size VMware Cloud on AWS environments for mid-market enterprise customers," VMware said. For now the SaaS offering will only drive VMware Cloud on AWS, but VMware promised it "will evolve to operate and manage other VMware-based clouds."
Also at VMworld Europe, VMware announced a new Cloud Native Master Services Competency as well as a beta program for vSphere’s Project Pacific.
“Channel partners shouldn’t wait on Kubernetes because this is a transformative technology that we’re seeing customers wanting more of,” said Chris Wolf, vice president and CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware, in an interview with CRN. “There’s not a huge base of talent out there that you can hire [for Kubernetes] so it’s really important for partners to start building expertise organically. Customers are looking to our partners to start to offer high-level services for them. We’re launching this now because there’s no time like the present for partners to develop these skills.”
VMware’s new Cloud Native Master Service Competency will enable partners to architect a Kubernetes-based platform supported by complementary technologies from the cloud native ecosystem for continuous delivery of applications. The competency builds upon VMware’s Pivotal Container Service (PKS) Solution Competency to provide partners with the capabilities to offer VMware PKS to their customers.
The Cloud Native Master Service Competency includes training around application deployment to a cluster, the containerization of applications, identifying proper pod security policy and admission control options, as well as implementation options for backup, cluster monitoring and logging. A prerequisite for the competency is needing to be a Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA).
Project Pacific aims to embed Kubernetes into vSphere. The goal is to transform vSphere into a Kubernetes-based portfolio for modern applications, helping customers succeed at each step of their cloud native journey.
Project Pacific is now available in early form to select customers and partners through the advanced beta program. There is an online application for partners to sign-up to be part of the beta program, according to Wolf.
“Project Pacific is native Kubernetes on our platform allowing customers to use their existing tools and processes to manage Kubernetes pods in clusters right alongside the virtual machines. That’s inclusive of Kubernetes pods on bare-metal,” said Wolf.
Wolf said Kubernetes is just one use case in Project Pacific. “Kubernetes is an important use case, but we have a broader vision here whereby having native Kubernetes APIs as the integration point for our stack, this makes it very easy for PaaS and SaaS offerings to be ported so they can be run locally on our stack as well. We see this as a broader vision beyond Kubernetes to really capture a broad range of apps and services going forward,” he said.
Project Pacific will enable vSphere administrators to leverage the tools they already know to deploy and manage Kubernetes and container infrastructure anywhere VMware vSphere runs including on-premises, in a hybrid cloud and on hyper-scalers. Developers will also be able to easily manage their application services and deployment using the Kubernetes tools they are familiar with.
Project Pacific will include fully integrated container networking, which simplifies Kubernetes implementation, deployment and management. It will also include integrated Cloud Native Storage that enables developers to provision any vSphere- supported storage on-demand in a fully-automated fashion.