What are my options for using cloud-native Kubernetes?
There are several options available for using cloud-native Kubernetes, depending on your requirements and preferences:
- Managed Kubernetes services: Several cloud providers offer managed Kubernetes services, such as Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). With managed services, the cloud provider takes care of the underlying infrastructure and Kubernetes management, so you can focus on deploying and managing your applications on Kubernetes.
- Kubernetes distributions: If you prefer to manage your own Kubernetes clusters, you can use Kubernetes distributions such as Red Hat OpenShift, Rancher, or Canonical’s Charmed Kubernetes. These distributions provide additional features and tools for managing and deploying Kubernetes clusters, making it easier to get started with Kubernetes.
- Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platforms: Some cloud providers offer Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platforms that include Kubernetes, such as IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes. These platforms provide a complete solution for deploying and managing containers on Kubernetes.
- Self-managed Kubernetes: If you prefer to manage Kubernetes yourself, you can install and configure it on your own infrastructure or cloud provider. Kubernetes provides several installation options, such as using kubeadm, kops, or the Kubernetes installer provided by your cloud provider.
- Hybrid and multi-cloud Kubernetes: If you need to run Kubernetes across multiple cloud providers or on-premises infrastructure, you can use solutions such as HashiCorp Nomad, VMware Tanzu, or Red Hat OpenShift. These solutions provide a consistent management layer for Kubernetes across different environments.
Ultimately, the best option for using cloud-native Kubernetes will depend on your specific needs and requirements, as well as your budget and resources available.
Very thorough primer on options for getting started with cloud-native apps like Kubernetes