VMware has shipped Tanzu Basic for service providers, making it possible to run Kubernetes on over 4000 clouds, and thereby given itself a better chance at having its containerised stack succeed.
When Virtzilla talks about its cloud presence, it focuses on its deals with hyperscalers like AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle, and Alibaba.
But the company’s cloud strategy has long had a critical second strand, in the form of the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) and its 4000-plus members that run VMware-powered clouds. Some VCPP members are whales like IBM and NTT, or significant clouds like OVH. But plenty more are the kind of smaller players that medium-sized businesses see as peers and gravitate towards. And even though they may run just a few racks, they’re trusted advisors to their clients.