Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Kubeapps 2.3.4 - Easier Deployment in VMware Tanzu™ Kubernetes Grid Clusters

A new Kubeapps release is out, and it is even easier to run in TKG clusters! The last version of Kubeapps necessitated a manual update of the current Pinniped version to the latest – this step is no longer required.  Cluster administrators can now configure Kubeapps to simply use the built-in Pinniped instance to authenticate through the same OIDC provider as they have already installed in their VMware Tanzu™ Kubernetes Grid (TKG) clusters. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to benefit from installing the Kubeapps 2.3.4 version.  

Advanced Features for Tanzu Users 

Kubeapps enables users to consume and manage open-source trusted and validated solutions through an intuitive web-based interface. 

With the previous release, Tanzu users gained the possibility of deploying Kubeapps directly to TKG workload clusters. This integration allows users to operate Kubernetes deployments through a web-based dashboard both on-premises in vSphere, and even in the public cloud on Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure. 

Kubeapps provides a wide catalog of ready-to-run-on Kubernetes solutions. In addition to the default Kubeapps catalog, Tanzu users have the flexibility to configure either VMware Tanzu™ Application Catalog (TAC) as a private chart repository or any of VMware Marketplace™ Catalog or the Bitnami Application Catalog as public chart repositories. This extends the number of available solutions and sources for development teams to work with. Refer to this blog post to learn more about Kubeapps key features for Tanzu users.  

How to Use Kubeapps in TKG 

However, once Kubeapps is enabled in a cluster, some concerns may arise for cluster administrators when users need to access the tool:  

  • How to ensure secure authentication for users to Kubeapps? 
  • How to manage the different application catalogs? 
  • Is possible to customize the layout of Kubeapps to align it with my corporate branding policies? 

This new release of Kubeapps comes to address all these questions. When you install Kubeapps in a TKG cluster, you at once get:  

1) An in-built authentication system in TKG via Pinniped using the same version as the cluster runs

Authorization is delegated to the Kubernetes RBAC, which means that the same policies and roles configured for your cluster will be used when users want to enter and use Kubeapps.  

That way, the authentication to Kubeapps is completely safe since it will use the same OIDC provider as the TKG cluster uses.  

Follow these steps to configure an OIDC provider in your cluster to use for Kubeapps authentication: 

2) An easy way to deploy applications from the Tanzu Application Catalog and the Bitnami Application Catalog from the VMware Marketplace through Kubeapps

With Kubeapps, you can either deploy custom applications from a private repository or access the different catalogs from both public and private repositories that VMware provides. To configure application catalogs in Kubeapps once it is running on your TKG cluster, use the following instructions depending on which solutions you want to add:   

Once Kubeapps has been configured with one or more application repositories, you can start to use it to deploy, upgrade, roll back, or delete applications on your TKG clusters through its dashboard. Check out this documentation to learn how. 

3) A custom user interface

To provide a rich user experience, Kubeapps supplies a set of parameters to use for configuring a custom user interface. Learn how to configure the user interface to follow your company branding guidelines.  

Support and resources 

Since Kubeapps is an OSS project, support for this version of Kubeapps will be provided on a best-effort basis. For solving the problems you may have (including deployment support, operational support, and bug fixes), please open an issue in the Kubeapps GitHub repository. A markdown template is provided by default to open new issues with the information requested to prioritize and respond to them as soon as possible. Also, if you want to contribute to the project, feel free to send us a pull request, and the team will check it and guide you in the process for a successful merge. 

In addition, you can reach out to Kubeapps developers at #kubeapps on Kubernetes Slack (click here to sign up). 

For more information about the topics discussed in this blog post, refer to the following links: 

The Kubeapps team continues to work on the revamp of the Kubeapps backend. It will support multiple package formats really soon. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Learn Everything About Building Modern Applications from the Experts–Register Now for SpringOne and DevOps Loop at VMworld

This autumn will start full of high-quality and free events that you cannot miss out on: SpringOne and DevOps Loop at VMworld. These events are a unique opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest in the world of modern apps from world-class experts. Read more to discover what you can learn by attending these two online and free events.  


From September 1-2 at 9AM–6PM ET, SpringOne brings you the opportunity to meet developers, DevOps pros, and software leaders that will teach you the latest trends on building modern cloud native applications.  

Whether you are a developer, an architect, a cloud engineer, or a tech leader, this conference has a session or workshop that perfectly fits your needs.  

In SpringOne, you will have the chance to learn about the following topics delivered as sessions and workshops: 

  • CI/CD 
  • Reactive 
  • Kubernetes 
  • DevOps 
  • Agile 
  • Modern web 
  • Microservices 
  • Core framework 
  • Leadership 
  • Modernization 

What can you expect to discover by attending SpringOne: 

  • Five tracks of content with more than 15 breakout sessions classified by level of knowledge, covering Spring to Kubernetes to digital transformation —and everything in between. 
  • Instructor-led workshops intended for you to boost your skills in building scalable applications.  
  • Main Stage sessions with industry all-stars from all over the world. 
  • Virtual fun in the Social track for engaging with the community.  

It is free, it is online – when are you going to register?  

Register for SpringOne 2021 for free now! 

DevOps Loop at VMworld 

SpringOne is not the only chance you will have to learn everything about modern applications. In October, VMware is hosting a one-day, free online event with world-class software industry experts just before VMworld starts: DevOps Loop at VMworld.  

DevOps Loop at VMworld is for anyone involved in automating, managing, and scaling modern applications.  

Connect on October 4 from 9AM–5PM EST to learn about: 

  • DevOps in the age of Kubernetes 
  • Using Kubernetes as a DevSecOps platform 
  • Securing the software supply chain 
  • Monitoring and observability 
  • Operating your platform as a product 

Check out the agenda to learn more about the sessions and the speakers that will lead them.  

Do not miss the chance to attend DevOps Loop at VMworld and register for free today! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

VMware Joins Docker Verified Publisher Program with its Bitnami, Tanzu and Spring Cloud Products

“VMware is pleased to join the Docker Verified Publisher’s program. This provides developers unrestricted access to our artifacts and allows them to safely adopt the popular open-source technologies we’ve made available. We are excited that VMware Tanzu customers, in particular, will benefit from a wider range of complementary services they can leverage as they quickly get apps to market.” - Ashok Aletty, VP Engineering, VMware

In May 2021, Docker, IncTM announced the launch of its Docker Verified Publisher Program which helps developers recognize trusted publisher software. For development teams, this is huge, since this program simplifies the consumption of secure and verified components for them, as they build their applications.  

What is the Docker Verified Publisher Program? 

When building container-based applications or deployment templates such as Helm charts, it is a frequent practice to grab pre-built building blocks to quickly create application images. A common concern among developers is to make sure that the pieces being used to build their applications are secure, reliable, maintained and up to date. Nobody wants to spend time fixing security issues or exposing their software supply chain to malicious content.  

To make it easier to select robust, trusted, and reliable software when navigating through Docker Hub, Docker has launched the Docker Verified Publisher Program. With more than 200 ISVs and thousands of individual contributors delivering software through Docker Hub, the creation of a “Verified Publisher” badge enables development teams to quickly recognize trustworthy containerized images. Docker’s differentiated and trusted content can be used as reliable building blocks for quickly building, sharing, and running applications with complete confidence.  

In addition, developers will benefit from being exempt from rates limiting. This means that regardless of the Docker Hub subscription they opted for, they will have unlimited container image requests for Bitnami, Tanzu, and Spring cloud repositories.  

How can I find VMware Images Labelled “Verified Publisher”? 

VMware with its Bitnami, Tanzu, and Spring Cloud products has joined the Docker Verified Publisher program to enable developers to find trusted content for use in their application delivery pipeline.  

This will allow developers to have unlimited access to VMware’s robust and secure components.

From now on, all users, especially VMware Tanzu customers, will be able to accelerate time to market for their applications by accessing an extended offering of complementary services.  

As a part of VMware’s open-source offerings, Bitnami delivers more than 250 images labelled as “Verified Publisher” in Docker Hub. To discover them, navigate to Docker Hub and enable the “Verified Publisher” filter. You will see the “Verified Publisher” badge in the upper right corner of each image.  

Support and Resources 

Both the Tanzu Developer Center and the Bitnami Documentation Tutorials site are full of handy resources that will enable you to benefit from using VMware’s Docker Verified Publisher images when building your applications.  

Also, check out the VMware and Bitnami GitHub official repositories to contribute to these projects and to solve the problems you may have by opening an issue. Our support teams will be happy to help you there!