Multi-cluster Kubernetes management across clouds

VMware Tanzu Mission Control is a centralized management platform for consistently operating and securing your Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications across multiple teams and clouds.

How VMware Tanzu Mission Control supports application modernization

Manage Kubernetes clusters at scale

Bring global visibility, scalable operations, and consistent policy management to your modern apps by centralizing Kubernetes across teams and clouds.

Secure your Kubernetes footprint

Boost the security of your Kubernetes clusters and modern apps. Easily manage access, apply security policies, and inspect clusters for security and configuration risks.

Move faster in development

Give your developers self-service access to Kubernetes in their chosen environment, with security and policy guardrails in place.

Tanzu Mission Control Key Capabilities

Jump-start and scale your modern apps practice across the enterprise.

Cluster lifecycle management

Provision Tanzu Kubernetes Grid clusters and manage the lifecycle of the clusters via Tanzu Mission Control.

Kubernetes cluster attachment

Bring the clusters you run in the public clouds or other environments under one roof. Attach conformant Kubernetes clusters to Tanzu Mission Control for centralized operations and management.

Centralized policy management

Apply consistent policies such as access, security, and even custom policies to a fleet of clusters and namespaces at scale across clouds.

Global visibility and diagnostics

Gain global visibility across clusters, team and clouds, and quickly diagnose and troubleshoot issues with your clusters and the workloads running on them.

Identity and access management

Centralize authentication and authorization, with federated identity from multiple sources (e.g., AD, LDAP, and SAML), plus an easy-to-use policy engine for granting the right access to the right users across teams.

Data protection

Create and schedule backup and restore of your clusters and/or namespaces using Tanzu Mission Control’s UI, CLI, and API.

Cluster inspection

Quickly and easily run inspections on clusters to ensure new and upgraded clusters are always correctly-configured and secure according to industry standards.

Security Certificates

Why Tanzu Mission Control for Kubernetes cluster management?

Inject speed, agility, and enterprise-grade security into the way you operate modern apps.

Cloud neutral

Run your Kubernetes workloads anywhere—with full support for hybrid and multi-cloud.

Enterprise ready

Run Kubernetes in production at scale under consistent management with a strong security posture.

Community focus

Benefit from the innovation and support of a global open-source community leveraging integrated, open-source technologies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is VMware Tanzu Mission Control?

VMware Tanzu Mission Control is a centralized management platform for consistently operating and securing your Kubernetes infrastructure and modern applications across multiple teams and clouds.

It provides operators with a single control point to give developers the independence they need to drive business forward, while enabling consistent management and operations across environments for increased security and governance.

What are the key capabilities of Tanzu Mission Control?

The key capabilities of Tanzu Mission Control include:

  • Cluster lifecycle management: Provision, scale, upgrade and delete Tanzu Kubernetes Grid clusters via Tanzu Mission Control across environments.
  • Attaching clusters: Attach any conformant Kubernetes clusters running in other environments—either on-prem or in public clouds—to Tanzu Mission Control for centralized management.
  • Centralized policy management: Apply consistent policies, such as access, security, and even custom policies to a fleet of clusters and namespaces at scale.
  • Observability and diagnostics: Gain global observability of the health of clusters and workloads across clouds for quick diagnostics and troubleshooting.
  • Data protection: Create and schedule backup and restore of your clusters and/or namespaces using Tanzu Mission Control’s UI, CLI, and API, leveraging built-in open-source Velero project.
  • Identity and access management: Implement centralized authentication and authorization and federated identity from multiple sources, such as AD, LDAP, and SAML.
  • Cluster inspection: Conduct cluster inspections, such as cluster conformance Inspection and Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark Inspection, for configuration and security issues.

What are the benefits of Tanzu Mission Control?

Tanzu Mission Control benefits both the applications teams and operations teams by

  • increasing developer agility and productivity through enabling them with self-service access to Kubernetes clusters;
  • enhancing operational efficiency by enabling operators to centrally observe and manage multiple clusters across disparate teams and environments at scale; and
  • strengthening security and compliance by allowing operators to consistently apply security policies across environments and do regular cluster inspection for potential risks.

Who uses Tanzu Mission Control?

The infrastructure and platform teams use Tanzu Mission Control to enable the developers with self-service access to Kubernetes, and at the same time, centrally operate and manage the Kubernetes clusters and modern apps running on them with efficiency, consistency, and security.

The application teams use Tanzu Mission Control to better manage and maintain applications by easily deploying services and workloads across clusters, better understanding the health of applications and quickly troubleshooting issues.

Can I provision clusters directly in Tanzu Mission Control?

Yes. Tanzu Mission Control lets you provision Tanzu Kubernetes Grid clusters directly in Tanzu Mission Control, and also do lifecycle management of these provisioned clusters. Today, Tanzu Mission Control supports provisioning, scaling, upgrading, and deleting Tanzu Kubernetes Grid workload clusters in AWS EC2. Support for other environments is on the roadmap.

What Kubernetes clusters can be attached to Tanzu Mission Control?

You can attach CNCF conformant Kubernetes clusters to Tanzu Mission Control no matter where they are running: on vSphere, in any public clouds, or through other Kubernetes vendors.

Will there be a documented API that a customer could use for automation purposes?

Yes. A key design principle of Tanzu Mission Control is extensibility into organizations’ existing workflows and toolkits. Tanzu Mission Control provides this through a documented API, with a CLI and UI for ease of use.

Is Tanzu Mission Control available on-premises?

No. Tanzu Mission Control today is a SaaS in the VMware Cloud Services portfolio.

Does Tanzu Mission Control integrate with and/or leverage open-source tools?

We’ve used open-source technologies to build core functionalities of Tanzu Mission Control. For example, Project Sonobuoy is behind the cluster conformance inspection functionality, and Project Velero is leveraged to build the data protection function of Tanzu Mission Control.

How does Tanzu Mission Control integrate with other VMware Tanzu products?

Today, Tanzu Mission Control integrates with Tanzu Observability and Tanzu Service Mesh. We are working on adding more integrations to Tanzu Mission Control with other Tanzu products in the portfolio.

What is the pricing of Tanzu Mission Control?

Customers can access the Tanzu Mission Control capabilities through either purchasing Tanzu Standard edition, or buying the full Tanzu Mission Control SaaS service as an annual subscription. Please contact the VMware sales team for more details.

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