The new product joins VMware’s other two Kubernetes offerings: Enterprise PKS and Cloud PKS.
Open source and containers found themselves at the center of M&A activity this year.
That amount was a substantial premium over what Heptio had raised from investors and other similar deals in the Kubernetes space.
Some expect the open source M&A wave to hit its apex next year. I say "why wait?"
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The deal was based on growing demand from enterprise customers that want to use Kubernetes as the basis for their cloud-agnostic infrastructure.
Some view the platform as the death knell for serverless platforms not based on Kubernetes, while others tout patience.
Heptio CTO Joe Beda explained that orchestration infers a plan from the start, while Kubernetes is more about not knowing what's going to emerge.
The open source Gimbal platform was developed with Heptio to avoid having to rip out OpenStack and legacy backend systems.
The HKS container platform is targeted at technically sophisticated organizations.
Kubernetes needs to maintain focus while expanding its influence.