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09/20/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/20/2021 14:25

Office of the CTO Cloud Architecture Team Sessions at VMworld 2021

Hard to believe it is that time of the year again, but here we are! Last year the Cloud Architecture team presented multiple sessions, including a mainstage demo of our work on Tanzu Service Mesh (TSM). This year, we are back with even more content in the areas of service mesh, cloud runtimes, application resiliency and application tuning, event models with VEBA, data platform blueprints, and observability frameworks.

The team has been busy with many product releases, including the release of TSM Application Resiliency patterns, which take a modern approach to application resiliency. It includes features such as advanced SLOs, autoscaling, and the ability to specify the resiliency features in a federated manner using application domains implemented as TSM global namespace (GNS).

Below is a list of sessions our team is presenting at VMworld 2021:

The 3 Ms of a Service-Level Objective: Manifest, Measure, Maintain [VI1086]

As an SRE/platform owner dealing with centralized operations of large-scale microservices across multiple distributed applications and multiple business units, have you ever found yourself in a situation where a service consumer in one business unit complains of performance issues on a service provided by another business unit? This is even more challenging when the service provider has not told you about what level of performance to expect.

In this session, you'll learn how to deal with these issues by making service owners accountable for establishing/publishing a service-level contract using the notion of a service-level objective. You will also learn how to measure and maintain these services' performance in terms of the established service-level objective.


  • Emad Benjamin, Senior Director and Chief Technologist, VMware
  • Diwan Chandrabose, Staff Engineer 2, VMware
  • Deepa Kalani, Staff Engineer2, VMware

Implement Observability for Kubernetes Clusters and Workloads in Minutes [APP2648]

Kubernetes is becoming the preferred deployment option for data analytics platforms. The adoption of cloud infrastructures has created a new set of deployment complexities for data analytics platforms with stateful software runtimes. However, the deployment and troubleshooting of these multi-cluster Kubernetes environments doesn't have to be challenging.

Join this session to learn about solutions to these visibility and deployment challenges, from initial deployment to ongoing management of containerized data platforms. You will learn how modern DevOps teams can use Bitnami Application Catalog for software management, VMware Tanzu Mission Control for Kubernetes cluster management, and deployment blueprints for deployment automation and integrated full-stack observability with prepackaged VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront dashboards.


  • Harmen Van der Linde, Senior Director - Cloud Data Platforms, VMware
  • Scott Kelly, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, VMware

Take a Modern Approach to Achieve Application Resiliency [VI1448]

We are often faced with rolling out application features at a high velocity, but with speed comes the challenge of trying to keep systems stable and resilient. Resiliency patterns - such as cloud bursting, disaster recovery, auto scaling and many others - are available to us, but the challenge is around how to completely automate the full orchestration of these patterns to drive resiliency. In this session, we will discuss how to scribe a top-level application-level objective that ties all of these resiliency concepts together in an automated fashion across multiple products, such as VMware Tanzu Service Mesh built on VMware NSX, VMware Tanzu Mission Control, VMware SASE, VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, and VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer.


  • Emad Benjamin, Senior Director and Chief Technologist, VMware
  • Abhirama Mallela, Staff Engineer, VMware
  • Abhijit Patharkar, Staff Engineer, VMware

Building Data Analytics Platforms in Minutes Using Deployment Blueprints [VI2629]

Experts in this session will provide an overview of Helm chart automation for deploying containerized software runtimes on Kubernetes clusters. Using Helm charts and sub-charts available in VMware Tanzu Application Catalog, this session will cover practical examples of single and multi-runtime deployment automation for building a custom data analytics platform. In addition, you will learn about alternative runtime deployment approaches, such as Kubernetes operators, and how they compare and complement Helm charts.

Presenter: Geeta Kulkarni, Staff Engineer, VMware

Best Practices and Reference Framework for Implementing Observability [VI2630]

Join the author of the paper, "Understanding Observability: A Cloud Observability Framework," to learn about key concepts of observability and how actionable monitoring can be implemented using a multi-tier reference framework. Using practical demo examples, he'll cover deployment considerations and pitfalls, explaining how observability can be implemented effectively and at scale in cloud environments.

Presenter: Harmen Van der Linde, Senior Director - Cloud Data Platforms, VMware

Application Platform Tuning Techniques [VI2627]

The pressures of modernization almost always demand rapid development of new features for business applications, but with speed comes with the cost of keeping the application platform resilient. Developing techniques to combat resiliency challenges is paramount in the enterprise. Whether your application is completely modern or made of modern and legacy parts, you will find yourself as an infrastructure engineer caught between two worlds: a world as seen by application developers and a world as seen by infrastructure engineers. Come to this session to learn the top-10 application tuning techniques that can help you deliver a much more robust application platform.


  • Emad Benjamin, Senior Director and Chief Technologist, VMware
  • Daniel Linsley, Staff Engineer, VMware