VMware expands Partner Connect programme

VMware has expanded its Partner Connect programme by adding a new VMware Cloud Native Master Services Competency (MSC).

This is the first competency related to the VMware Tanzu portfolio and is a Cloud Native MSC will provide a foundational step to enable partners to architect a Kubernetes-based platform supported by complementary technologies from the cloud native ecosystem for continuous delivery of applications and is intended to recognise partners who specialise in Kubernetes operations, site reliability engineering and DevOps.

The VMware Cloud Native MSC was the first Master Services Competency to launch following VMware’s announcement of Partner Connect in March. VMware Partner Connect is the new, flexible and dramatically simplified programme for partners to do business with VMware in a way that aligns with their business models.

VMware Vice President, Tanzu Ecosystem Partners Teri Bruns said: “VMware’s new Cloud Native MSC is designed to help partners expand their services capabilities and opportunities and recognise them for their Kubernetes and platform operations expertise, This competency will help VMware partners embrace the industry shift to Kubernetes and modern applications and enable partners to build new revenue streams as container usage rockets.”

The Cloud Native MSC builds on foundational training and certifications introduced in early 2019 and provides partners with the capabilities to offer and deliver VMware Tanzu platform services to their customers. The competency validates a partner’s understanding of Kubernetes concepts.

Earlier this year, VMware announced the availability of vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, evolving its flagship platform to support virtual machines and containers. As customers continue to demand Kubernetes-based solutions to support the delivery of modern applications across multi-cloud platforms, the new skills attained by achieving the Cloud Native MSC will allow partners to help hundreds of thousands of vSphere customers operate a modern applications platform.

Bruns said: “VMware Tanzu solutions are disrupting how applications are built, run and managed – and with that comes opportunity for partners. Customers’ success depends on their ability to deliver revenue generating applications and capabilities faster, and to operate those applications and services reliably and at scale. This MSC is ideal for Partners who have existing infrastructure expertise and want to expand their business to deliver professional services across DevOps, and drive the consumption of new modern apps via the Tanzu portfolio.”

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