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VMware NSX-T gets support for Pivotal Container Service

VMware NSX-T upgrade gets support for the Pivotal Container Service and the Pivotal Cloud Foundry. The update is designed to improve the use of vSphere in hybrid clouds.

VMware has updated its version of NSX for non-vSphere environments, adding to the network virtualization software integration with the Pivotal Container Service and the latest iteration of Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

VMware introduced NSX-T 2.1 on Tuesday. Through NSX-T, Pivotal Container Service, or PKS, brings support for Kubernetes container clusters to vSphere, VMware's virtualization platform for the data center. PCF is an open source cloud platform as a service (PaaS) that developers use to build, deploy, run and scale applications.

VMware developed the Cloud Foundry service that is the basis for PCF. Pivotal Software, whose parent company is Dell Technologies, now owns the PaaS, which Pivotal licenses under Apache 2.0.

VMware NSX-T was introduced early this year to provide networking and security management for non-vSphere application frameworks, OpenStack environments, and multiple KVM distributions.

Support for KVM underscores VMware's recognition that the virtualization layer in Linux is a force in cloud environments. As a result, the vendor has to provide integration with vSphere for VMware to extend its technology beyond the data center.

Kubernetes cluster support in VMware NSX-T

VMware NSX-T integration with PKS is significant because of the extensive use of Kubernetes in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Kubernetes, which Google developed, is used to automate the deployment, scaling, maintenance, and operation of multiple Linux-based containers across clusters of nodes. Google, VMware and Pivotal developed PKS.

VMware has said it plans to add Docker support in NSX-T. Docker is another popular open source software platform for application containers.

VMware NSX-T is a piece of the vendor's strategy for spreading its technology across the branch, WAN, cloud computing environments, and security and networking in the data center. Essential to its networking plans is the acquisition of SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud, which VMware plans to complete by early next year.

VMware expects to use VeloCloud to take NSX into the branch and the WAN. "What VeloCloud offers is really NSX everywhere," VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger told analysts last week, according to a transcript published by the financial site Seeking Alpha.

Gelsinger held the conference call after the company released earnings for the fiscal third quarter ended Nov. 3. VMware reported revenue of $1.98 billion, an increase of 11% over the same period last year. Net income grew to $443 million from $319 million a year ago.

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