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VMware Embraces Containers at VMworld Europe

November 06, 2018 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

VMware kicked off its annual VMworld Europe conference today by supercharging its container play. The virtualization giant updated Cloud Foundation, its hybrid cloud stack, with new Kubernetes support. The company announced a new integration with IBM Cloud’s managed Kubernetes service. And it’s buying Heptio, a startup whose founders co-created Kubernetes while working at Google. VMware’s been moving further down the Kubernetes path over the last year with Pivotal Container Service (PKS), the container orchestration technology it co-developed with Pivotal and Google, and its hosted on-premises VMware Kubernetes Engine (VKE) software. If this sounds like a shift in the company’s strategy from virtual machines (VMs) to containers, that’s because it is. Although some would argue that it’s better to deploy containers on bare metal, as VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger is fond of saying: “All major clouds run their containers in VMs. Simply put, it’s t...