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VMware Renames Heptio Kubernetes Technology Essential PKS

February 26, 2019 / Matt Hamblen

VMware launched VMware Essential PKS as a modular, customized method to consume upstream Kubernetes. It is based on VMware’s purchase of Heptio and its Kubernetes technology last year. The new product joins VMware’s other two Kubernetes offerings: Enterprise PKS, the container orchestration technology it co-developed with Pivotal and Google, and its hosted on-premises Cloud PKS software. In a blog posted today by Paul Fazzone, VMware’s general manager for cloud native apps, described Essential PKS as made up of upstream Kubernetes, reference architectures to inform design decisions, and professional support to guide customers through upgrades and troubleshooting. Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC, noted that Essential PKS is “basically just a renaming of the Heptio product.” But it requires a large service component to deploy it, which benefits from VMware’s experience and size, he added.