CNA weekly #007

Hello everyone, 

Wow – what an exciting time! While I am super energized about all the news in cloud-native land, I always love to see a new generation of VMware’s core stack being released. All hypervisor and management software (vSphere) got a significant update and there are tons of highly interesting updates that could also impact cloud-native platforms running on top of it. Just check out e.g. VMFork that is now part of the core hypervisor in version 6.7 and imagine the possibilities. What is VMFork you ask? VMFork enables “forking” instances of a live, powered-on VM, each with its own unique identity. By leveraging the existing linked-clone technology for disks and extending the hypervisor to enable Copy-on-Write memory and VM state, VMFork fosters instant creation of VMs with little CPU overhead. William Lam already blogged about some examples as well.

But I am just scratching the surface here – learn more about the updates from the linked blogposts below… and now into the content!

The world is gathering in Hannover/Germany this week for the Hannover Messe to discuss Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation across industries. VMware is showcasing some of the solutions at the edge and IoT space as well – find out more in the video on Hannover Messe’s website.

My great colleague Tom Scanlan worked on a slightly smaller IoT & Kubernetes usecase and released a new blog article titled “Winery Application Demo: IoT Pipeline with Kubernetes on vSphere” – great read!

As I mentioned on a previous edition of my updates, there is now a dedicated Special Interest Group (SIG) in the Kubernetes Community that is focussed on VMware. Our colleagues outlined more about the structure, purpose and how to engage with the SIG in a recent blog article

William Lam keeps blogging about Pivotal Container Service. This week it’s about a Monitoring Tool Overview – by the way: the Wavefront team also released a blog article on Develop Cloud-Native Applications, Leave the Heavy Lifting of Monitoring to Wavefront which also includes a pretty cool 8 minute demo!

Besides William’s excellent series, my colleague Cormac Hogan also shared a great blogpost around a very simple Pivotal Container Service deployment

There is now also a free new ebook on “Accelerating Digital Transformation with Containers and Kubernetes” available from VMware. The book “introduces you to containers and Kubernetes, explains their business value, explores their use cases, and illuminates how they can accelerate your organization’s digital transformation“.

KubeCon is just around the corner. Make sure to add  The NewStack Pancake Breakfast & Podcast: Securing Kubernetes to your schedule! Please reach out if you are attending KubeCon – VMware is a Diamond Sponsor this year and we will have a presence there as well! 


Some additional news and updates:

All vSphere 6.7 release notes & download links

New vSphere 6.7 APIs worth checking out

New Instant Clone Architecture in vSphere 6.7 – Part 1