VMware Enterprise PKS

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Warning: VMware Enterprise PKS v1.7 is no longer supported because it has reached the End of General Support (EOGS) phase as defined by the Support Lifecycle Policy. To stay up to date with the latest software and security updates, upgrade to a supported version.

VMware Enterprise PKS enables operators to provision, operate, and manage enterprise-grade Kubernetes clusters using BOSH and Ops Manager.


Enterprise PKS uses the On-Demand Broker to deploy a custom Kubernetes BOSH release that offers a uniform way to instantiate, deploy, and manage highly available Kubernetes clusters on a cloud platform or on-premises.

After operators install the Enterprise PKS tile on the Ops Manager Installation Dashboard, developers can provision Kubernetes clusters using the PKS Command Line Interface (PKS CLI), and run container-based workloads on the clusters with the Kubernetes CLI, kubectl.

On Ops Manager, you can run Enterprise PKS standalone or alongside VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs.

What Enterprise PKS Adds to Kubernetes

The following table details the features that Enterprise PKS adds to the Kubernetes platform.

Feature Included in K8s Included in Enterprise PKS
Single tenant ingress
Secure multi-tenant ingress
Stateful sets of pods
Multi-container pods
Rolling upgrades to pods
Rolling upgrades to cluster infrastructure
Pod scaling and high availability
Cluster provisioning and scaling
Monitoring and recovery of cluster VMs and processes
Persistent disks
Secure container registry
Embedded, hardened operating system


Enterprise PKS has the following features:

  • Kubernetes compatibility: Constant compatibility with current stable release of Kubernetes

  • Production-ready: Highly available from applications to infrastructure, with no single points of failure

  • BOSH advantages: Built-in health checks, scaling, auto-healing and rolling upgrades

  • Fully automated operations: Fully automated deploy, scale, patch, and upgrade experience

  • Multi-cloud: Consistent operational experience across multiple clouds

Enterprise PKS Prerequisites

For information about the resource requirements for installing Enterprise PKS, see the topic that corresponds to your cloud provider:

Please send any feedback you have to pks-feedback@pivotal.io.