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VMware has launched a new, stripped-down version of its Pivotal Container Service (PKS). PKS is used by companies to easily create software containers that run on virtual machines. That’s what Silicon Angle reports.

The new version, called VMware Essential PKS, is designed for companies that want to use a more modular approach when deploying software containers. The original VMware PKS service, launched last year, is basically a commercial version of the open source Kubo project developed by Google and Pivotal in 2017. This made it possible to run Kubernetes on a large scale within VMs.

One of the major advantages of PKS is that it is possible to make containers quickly and easily, instead of having to provide physical servers for a data centre. Another benefit for users is that it allows users to run containerized applications on-premise.

Companies use software containers to deploy services because they offer various operational benefits, including the ability to shift computing workloads and applications under on-premise computers and the cloud, without having to rewrite the software for each environment. Kubernetes is the most popular tool to manage those containers.

Essential PKS

VMware Enterprise PKS is the full version of the container service, which integrates with validated components that provide enterprise-level security, compliance and consistency. These components include VMware’s NSX-T for networking and VMware Harbor for registry.

The new Essential PKS service removes those integrated components for customers who want a more bare bones infrastructure that is easier to customize. According to Scott Buchanan, the senior director of product marketing for cloud-native apps, Essential PKS is designed for customers who have the in-house expertise needed to customize their Kubernetes deployments.

“Kubernetes is just one element of a container management platform. A customer must select, integrate and deploy other components, including networking, monitoring and more.”

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