Tanzu Explainer for VMware Cloud Tech Zone


This document is intended to help Tech Zone audiences navigate the Tanzu family by providing short descriptions of each Tanzu product and service, Tanzu Editions and Bundles, and a quick reference of which Tanzu products and services are included in each bundle. This is not a replacement for official Tanzu documentation and messaging, available at tanzu.vmware.com.


VMware Tanzu Products and Services

VMware Tanzu

Portfolio of products and services targeted at developers and platform operators to help build new applications, modernize existing applications, and build modern application platforms.

Tanzu Application Service: 

A modern application platform built on Cloud Foundry allowing enterprises to continuously deliver and run microservices across clouds. Provides the iconic cf push developer experience on a proven enterprise platform.

Tanzu Application Platform: 

A packaged set of components that helps developers and operators build, deploy, and manage apps on Kubernetes. Simplifies workflows in both the inner loop--developers' development cycle of iterating on code--and the outer loop--how operators deploy apps to production and maintain them over time. Provides a default set of components that automates pushing an app to staging and production on Kubernetes. Operators can customize the platform by replacing TAP components with other products.

Tanzu Build Service: 

Develop and automate containerized software workflows securely and at scale. Built on the open-source Cloud Native Buildpacks project. Creates repeatable builds and keeps images up to date. 

VMware  Application Catalog (Formerly Tanzu Application Catalog): 

A customizable selection of open source software from the Bitnami collection that is continuously maintained and verifiably tested for use in production environments. Pre-packaged container images and Helm charts can be built on customer-provided security-hardened base operating system images and placed into private repositories.  

Tanzu Data Services: 

Portfolio of on-demand caching, messaging, and database software for development teams building modern applications. Products include Tanzu Gemfire, Tanzu RabbitMQ, Tanzu SQL, and Tanzu Greenplum. 

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid: 

CNCF-certified, enterprise-ready Kubernetes runtime that streamlines operations across a multi-cloud infrastructure. Offers simplified installation, automated multi-cluster operations, integrated platform services, and open source alignment. 

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition: 

Formerly known as Enterprise PKS. Production-grade, highly available container runtime that operates on vSphere and public clouds. Built on Kubernetes, BOSH, Operations Manager, VMware NSX-T, and Project Harbor.

Tanzu Mission Control: 

Centralized management platform for consistently operating and securing your Kubernetes infrastructure across multiple teams and clouds. Available as TMC Essentials, Starter, Standard, or Advanced.

Tanzu Observability: 

High-performance streaming analytics platform supporting enterprise-grade observability and analytics at scale. Monitor everything from full stack applications to cloud infrastructures with metrics, traces, counters, event logs, and analytics. 

Tanzu Service Mesh: 

Enterprise-class service mesh solution that provides reliable control and security for microservices, end users, and data across all your clusters and clouds in the most demanding multi-cluster and multi-cloud environments.   

Tanzu Labs:

Professional services organization that partners with you to build apps, modernize apps, build platforms, and transform data. 


VMware Tanzu Editions and Bundles 

Tanzu Standard Edition:  

Bundle targeted at providing consistent Kubernetes infrastructure across multiple clouds. Includes Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and Tanzu Mission Control Standard. 

Tanzu for Kubernetes Operations:  

Bundle of Tanzu products targeted to meet the needs of on-prem and cloud infrastructure teams. Includes Tanzu Labs services.  

For data center and hybrid cloud deployments, this includes Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, Tanzu Mission Control Advanced, Tanzu Observability, Tanzu Service Mesh Advanced, Antrea Advanced, and NSX Advanced Load Balancer Enterprise.

For public cloud deployments, this includes Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, Tanzu Mission Control Advanced, Tanzu Observability, Tanzu Service Mesh Advanced, and Antrea Advanced. 

VMware Cloud with Tanzu services: 

Automatic entitlement to Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and Tanzu Mission Control Essentials for VMware Cloud on AWS customers, with configuration exposed via the VMware Cloud console.


vSphere Editions and Tanzu Entitlements

vSphere 8 Enterprise Plus with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid

vSphere 8 Enterprise Plus with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid includes entitlement for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, as the name implies. This supports the full vSphere with Tanzu experience, or customer-managed clusters.


vSphere+ includes the same Tanzu Kubernetes Grid entitlement as vSphere 8 Enterprise Plus with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, and adds Tanzu Mission Control Essentials.

vSphere+ Standard

vSphere+ Standard does not include any Tanzu entitlements.


VMware Tanzu Bundles and Components Mapping 

The following table lists Tanzu products and services and identifies which Tanzu Editions or Bundles each is included in. Individual products and services are available separately or as add-ons to a bundle.



Tanzu Standard

Tanzu for Kubernetes Operations

VMware Cloud with Tanzu Services

vSphere 8 Enterprise Plus with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid


Tanzu Application Service






Tanzu Application Platform






Tanzu Build Service






Tanzu Application Catalog






Tanzu Data Services






Tanzu Kubernetes Grid






Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition






Tanzu Mission Control






Tanzu Observability






Tanzu Service Mesh






Tanzu Labs






Authors and Contributors

  • Steve Pantol, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware
  • Eric Shanks, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware
  • Jeremiah Megie, Principal Cloud Solutions Architect, Cloud Infrastructure Business Group, VMware



The following updates were made to this guide:


Description of Changes


  • Initial publication
  • Updated to reflect current Tanzu, vSphere 8, vSphere+, packing options.




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