API Portal for VMware Tanzu is a subcomponent of another product covered in this book, Tanzu Application Platform (TAP). To get started with API Portal for VMware Tanzu, we’ll first need to install a Kubernetes cluster and then install TAP on that cluster. You’re free to use whichever Kubernetes distribution you prefer. If you’d like some guidance around standing up a cluster, you can go to the appendix at the end of the book where we describe several options for getting Kubernetes up and running.
Once you have a running Kubernetes cluster, you’ll need to jump briefly to Chapter 8, Enhancing Developer Productivity with Tanzu Application Platform, and install Tanzu Application Platform. That chapter walks through a more complex end-to-end use case, while this chapter focuses solely on the API Portal component.