VMware Cloud Director Container Service Extension 4.1 is now GA

As technology continues to evolve, businesses are increasingly adopting microservices and containerization to improve their IT operations. Managing and maintaining the containers that hold the microservices in a distributed system enables the efficient deployment, scaling, and management of microservices.

The adoption of containerised applications is expected to grow at a reported 16.7% CAGR across globe. Businesses – across industries – are streamlining their focus on developing custom applications based on container technology to differentiate their services. This has evidently created a demand for the container service / management eco system providers to offer a highly scalable, secure infrastructure to deploy, manage and run these modern applications.

Gartner forecasts that by 2025, more than 85% of the global organizations will be running containerized applications as compared to fewer than 35% from 2019.

This shift towards modern applications driven by the AI and ML revolution demands modern infrastructure to support workloads and application delivery that enables developer and DevOos personas to build, run and manage these applications. Kubernetes (K8s) has become the defacto orchestration platform for containers. This brings a huge opportunity for container services as shown in the survey below.

Flexera State of the Cloud – 2023

The rapid adoption of modern application has caused an accelerated growth in the container management market over the past years and is forecasted to reach $1.4 Billion by 2025 from $465 Million in 2020.

This demand  brings a great opportunity for our service providers to expand their infrastructure as a Service portfolio to Platform as a Service that enables users to build and manage modern applications.

With VMware Cloud Director Container Service Extension (CSE), service providers can offer multi tenanted “Kubernetes as a Service” to enable developer tenants  that are invested in modern application development with the right infrastructure platform. Powered by Tanzu Kubernetes Grid runtimes, service providers can offer enterprise grade secure Kubernetes as a Service that allows a consistent experience across data centres, public cloud, sovereign cloud, and edge on top of their VMware Cloud Director infrastructure.

Furthermore, supplementing CSE with the Tanzu eco system viz, Tanzu Mission Control – a K8s management console with a single pane of glass view across K8s deployments.

VMware Cloud Director extension for VMware Data Solutions – a multi tenanted data services solution to service the data needs for application building.

Content Hub – a central portal of image repository within the VMware Cloud Director UI that allows users to build, publish and consume custom images / catalogs or use VMware Marketplace catalogs to readily deploy them across their K8s clusters.

Content Hub in VCD UI

In our constant endeavour to empower our partners and users in their modern application journey, we’re glad to announce the general availability of VMware CSE 4.1. as of July 18, 2023. This brings some great enhancements to the previous version with a few new additions.

What’s new?

Robust infrastructure

The platform is now more robust with the introduction of Node health checks, that can continuously monitor the state of the nodes in the cluster. We also have provided Multiple Availability zones to make it more resilient and mitigate failure risks which allows users to distribute their control nodes across a failure domains. These are set up by the provider for the tenants to place their control nodes across the available zones. Read the White paper.

Air gapped solution

CSE 4.1 can now function in an air gapped environment (without being exposed to the internet) this unlocks many opportunities for partners who service regulated industries. See how to set up an air gapped service.

Latest Kubernetes version support

It is now possible to use the following Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and Kubernetes versions with VMware Cloud Director Container Service Extension 4.1 –

  • Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 2.1.1 with Kubernetes 1.22, 1.23, and 1.24.
  • Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 2.2.0 with Kubernetes 1.23, 1.24, and 1.25.

Along with these additions, there is a minor upgrade in the CSE UI version. See how you can upgrade to the latest version.

For more information on the release, do check our documentations page and the release notes. You can download the latest version of VMware Cloud Director Container Service Extension here. For more information connect with us on our slack channel or write to us if you are not a member already.