Today’s digital organizations generate value through apps. Whether you’re building autonomous vehicles, developing smart buildings, enabling telemedicine or boosting employee productivity, software is at the heart of your work. Apps are the way your customers experience your solutions—and the way your employees and partners continue to innovate. 


According to a recent Forrester survey, 78 percent of CIOs said that improving their application portfolio was a top business priority.* But only half of those organizations made progress in the past year. 


Why are organizations falling short? Many are heavily invested in custom legacy apps and integration software that might require many manual steps to change. But even though they’re facing rising costs, growing risks, increasing vulnerabilities and the possibility of unforeseen disruptions, organizations need to persevere with modernization. They must find ways to modernize legacy apps—migrating them to new cloud environments—while simultaneously developing new, cloud-native apps.


In many cases, new and legacy apps must work together. You need to connect your new apps to existing ones and integrate new and existing data sources. Forging those links helps you create value in novel ways, reduce the cost of traditional environments, and ultimately deliver apps faster than ever.


So how can you successfully modernize and migrate existing apps and rapidly develop cloud-native apps, while also ensuring legacy and new apps work together? You need a set of tools and processes that can provide a consistent developer experience. At the same time, you need to ensure consistent operations, so you can manage and protect a fast-growing, diverse collection of apps without excessive complexity. 


As you modernize existing apps and develop new ones, you need to provide a consistent infrastructure to ensure consistent operations and a consistent developer experience.
As you modernize existing apps and develop new ones, you need to provide a consistent infrastructure to ensure consistent operations and a consistent developer experience.


Containerization and Kubernetes can play key roles in helping you achieve your app goals. Using containers, you can innovate faster and gain the portability for swiftly moving apps to the optimal environment. Kubernetes—the de facto orchestration platform for deploying, scaling and managing containerized applications—provides the flexibility and agility that developers want, along with the stability that operators need.


The new VMware Tanzu portfolio lets you fully capitalize on Kubernetes. You can build modern apps quickly; run those modern apps across data center, cloud and edge environments; and manage apps through a single point of control. 


You can even take advantage of Kubernetes while leveraging your existing resources. With VMware Tanzu, we’ve incorporated Kubernetes natively into VMware vSphere software, so you can modernize apps with containerized infrastructure using your current vSphere teams and processes. 


VMware Tanzu enables your developers to improve productivity, enhance collaboration with operators, and accelerate delivery of modern apps. At the same time, it helps your operations teams run a growing collection of apps across multiple environments without jeopardizing stability. ▪


*Forrester Research, Inc. “Improving Customer Experience and Revenue Starts with the App Portfolio.” A Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper Commissioned by VMware, March 2020.