Can VMware Tanzu succeed? Accelerating the benefits of App modernization

In a couple of weeks, we’ll be joining the annual VMWorld event  (click here for details) – in its first digital format – presenting the topic of App Modernization and how Atos and VMware’s Tanzu are a perfect match for app transformation programs.

VMware Tanzu was launched earlier this year and I can tell you why it is going to be a success.

Can VMware Tanzu succeed?

The short answer is YES, especially for VMware customers who want to unlock the potential of all of their applications.

Tanzu will enable enterprise IT and developers to build, run and manage modern cloud-native applications on Kubernetes, but also to modernize – in a consistent way – their often huge legacy app portfolios.

In this blog (the first of two on this exciting subject), I’ll sketch out some Tanzu high points, but also touch on how VMware and Atos will continue to work together to deliver the hybrid multi-cloud solutions that our joint customers want. The second blog will discuss why Tanzu is able to deliver on new digital strategies for global organizations, and why I believe it will succeed.

I’ll start with some observations about the digital landscape.

Today’s digital landscape

In the last decade, enterprises faced continuous business pressure on their information systems - demands to transform customer relationships and user experience, drive operational efficiencies and even enable new business models. On the technology side, new tools and platforms, proliferating “smart” devices and explosive growth in data volumes also put increasing strain on digital infrastructure assets that were at breaking point. With the Impact of COVID-19, previous weaknesses in IT landscapes have been further exposed and the pace of innovation for many industries has rightly soared to address a new reality.

The great digital revolution, of course, was the cloud, especially the ”Hyperscalers” that seemed destined to rule the new digital universe. As things turned out, public clouds have gained acceptance in the mainstream market…. but about 85% of enterprise workloads still run in private data centers, on traditional infrastructure and private clouds.

In fact, recent studies confirm the preference of most global companies for hybrid infrastructures, to run and modernize their huge “legacy” application portfolios while also building modern, cloud-native applications. Just as important, most don’t want to be locked-in to a single public cloud. They want choice: which cloud services from which providers, where to deploy innovative new applications, and which legacy applications to modernize and redeploy or simply leave in place.

Last but not least, application containers are becoming the new “atomic unit” of computing in data centers and clouds. Modular and lightweight, containers are well suited to cloud-native apps. They also provide a consistent and efficient model for deploying software in the heterogeneous environments of the enterprise Information system.

Containers have great merit for modern cloud-native applications, but operating them at scale is a challenge. That’s where container orchestration comes in and in particular, open source Kubernetes (K8S) which has taken the digital world by storm.

Even so, server virtualization is not going away, because VMs are better suited to some types of applications. Digital technologies are additive: the operative word is not ”OR” but “AND”.

The bottom line here is that the complexity of IT landscapes continues to increase and Enterprises are facing more pressure than ever to “Build, Run and Manage’” modern cloud-native applications – not to mention modernize legacy in a consistent way – which requires a trusted path of evolution, not only for software but also for platforms, methods, and tooling.

Technology aside, there’s no lack of other obstacles: inflexible processes built for a foregone age, huge skills gaps and invariably disjointed strategies between business and IT who are accountable for creating the software assets of the future.

The shift towards this new “container” paradigm is a significant challenge for enterprise IT… but VMware and Atos can help.

Atos and VMware work together for Tanzu success

VMware and Atos are longtime allies who have worked closely together for years. Tanzu presents a great opportunity to raise our partnership to the next level, benefiting our customers. Let’s take just one example:

Last year Atos launched Digital Hybrid Cloud (DHC) – a platform based on proven technology from VMware & Dell EMC – as a foundation for enabling enterprise IT with hybrid multi-cloud information systems.  At the same time, DHC provides developers a cost-competitive, secure and scalable foundation on which to build modern, cloud-native applications.

Combined with VMware Tanzu, DHC enables customers to deploy modern and legacy workloads in a consistent way, regardless of the underlying cloud platform. Uniquely, DHC enables traditional VMs and containers to run side-by-side, leveraging VMware PKS, a solution based on open source upstream Kubernetes, as a core part of the platform.

Combined with VMware Tanzu, DHC enables customers to deploy modern and legacy workloads in a consistent way, regardless of the underlying cloud platform. Uniquely, DHC enables traditional VMs and containers to run side-by-side, leveraging VMware PKS, a solution based on open source upstream Kubernetes, as a core part of the platform.

In a world where applications are continuously deployed and workloads must be continuously optimized – agility, secure trusted platforms and consistency of tooling are critical. Atos has a proven ability to build, run and manage applications and underlying platforms in a seamless manner in the data center, in the cloud or at the edge. VMware Tanzu further enhances Atos’ capability in a world where hybrid multi-cloud and containers are the new norms.

So, the question is: “Atos is VMware Tanzu ready, are you?”

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About Adam Lewis

Global VP, CTO Healthcare & Life Sciences Market, Atos
An internationally recognized executive, with a passion for technology. Experience includes Global CTO, Business/Technology & Infrastructure Strategy, Digital Transformation, Product Management, and Chief Enterprise Architect. Adam has global responsibility for Platform & Container technologies for Atos Cloud. He specializes in enabling end to end application migration & modernization, platform strategies and supporting a full stack of cloud services, DevOps tooling, and related solutions.Adam has a track record in providing technical and strategic consultancy at board-level to customers, with over twenty years’ experience in client-facing consultative roles within many sectors including financial service, central government, healthcare, transport, and manufacturing.Apart from his family, Adam’s other passions include mentoring others, travel, and rugby.