Kubernetes vs OpenShift Container Platform comparison

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We performed a comparison between Kubernetes and OpenShift Container Platform based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Container Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The solution is easy to use.""The best feature is autoscaling. It's effortless to use for scaling deployment parts, CI/CD, etc.""The most valuable feature of Kubernetes is container orchestration.""We use this solution for the hosting of micro-services. Kubernetes helps us to orchestrate all the containers hosting these micro-services.""One of the most valuable features is the thickness of the cloud platform or on-prem file, which makes the solution straightforward to shift and scale. It works well with different types of deployment strategies and networks.""The performance is good.""The most valuable features of Kubernetes are the integration with Docker and there is plenty of documentation available. We work with Docker as a container, and it is more integrated with Docker than VMware Tanzu.""The solution has many valuable features but the most impressive is the ability to scale an application and continuously monitor if all the components of the application are functioning correctly."

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"OpenShift provides tools that tell me everything I have on a container, and I can make it on-premise or on a cloud infrastructure.""The product is stable, reliable, and easy to use, from a well-known company, has a large volume handling capacity, and more and more organizations are moving to OpenShift.""The software is user-friendly and straightforward to use, which is favorable to a developer.""The best feature is the management for the port life cycle, which automatically recycles, pulls, and scales up and down based on needs and requests.""Centralized control of container resources is most valuable.""Technical support is good; they are fast and reliable.""The console or the GUI of OpenShift is awesome. You can do a lot of things from there. You can perform administration tasks as well as development tasks.""The most valuable feature for me in the OpenShift Container Platform is the option to manage different containers and environments and also being able to switch among them."

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"Kubernetes can be used for most companies, but for some companies that may be too small, it may not be worth the investment, as it is expensive.""The dashboard, monitoring, and login need improvements.""This product should have a more advanced built-in scheduler that uses real application metrics in the scheduling strategy.""The configuration is a bit complicated.""Kubernetes can improve pod escalation.""Kubernetes could improve security. The security is really hard to deploy with proxies and other elements. Additionally, We have had some issues downloading repos and libraries.""We would like to see more validation tools added to this solution, this would provide pre-deployment analysis that developers could use before publishing their infrastructure.""I'm a beginner, and I recently started working with Kubernetes. As of now, I don't see any bugs. However, it would be better if it could be deployed without coding."

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"The initial setup can be hard.""OpenShift Container Platform is an expensive solution, and its pricing could be improved.""My impression is that this solution is pretty expensive so I think the pricing plan could improve.""OpenShift has certain restrictions in terms of managing the cluster when it's running on a public cloud. For example, identity and access management integration with the IM of AWS is quite difficult. It requires some open-source tools to integrate. This is one area where I always see room for improvement.""There should be a simplification of the overall cluster environment. It should require fewer resources. Just to run a simple Hello World app, it requires about seven servers, and that's just crazy. I understand that it is fully redundant, but it's prohibitively expensive to get something simple going.""Container Platform could be improved if we could aggregate logs out of the box instead of having to do it through integrations with other products.""OpenShift needs to improve their container storage.""From a networking perspective, the routing capability can be matured further. OpenShift doesn't handle restrictions on what kind of IPs are allowed, who can access them, and who cannot access them. So it is a simple matter of just using it with adequate network access, at the network level."

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  • "There are no licensing fees."
  • "There is no licensing fee."
  • "In addition to Kubernetes, you have to pay for support."
  • "The solution requires a license to use it."
  • "You need to pay for a license if you buy branded products. For example, if you take the services from Azure, AWS, or Google, the price of the Kubernetes cluster is inclusive of the service that's being offered to us on a pay-and-use model."
  • "Google Kubernetes Engine is free in the simplest setup, AWS Kubernetes Engine costs about $50 (depending on the region), in a three master setup, so it's almost the same as the cost of the EC2 instances and it's totally fine from my point of view."
  • "Kubernetes is an open-source solution that can be free. We have some distribution with licenses, such OpenShift and Tucows in Amazon. They are billing services."
  • "The price of Kubernetes could be lower. However, it is less expensive than VMware Tanzu. Additionally, technical support is expensive. The overall cost of the solution is approximately $1,000 annually."
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  • "OpenShift with Red Hat support is pretty costly. We have done a comparison between AWS EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Services) which provides fully managed services from AWS. It's built on open-source-based Kubernetes clusters and it is much cheaper compared to Red Hat, but it is a little expensive compared to ECS provided by AWS."
  • "It depends on who you're talking to. For a large corporation, it is acceptable, other than the significant infrastructure requirements. For a small organization, it is in no way suitable, and we'd go for Amazon's container solution."
  • "The license to use the OpenShift Container Platform is free. If you are capable with Java you can modify it."
  • "The price is slightly on the higher side. It is something that can be worked on because most of the businesses now have margins."
  • "The pricing is a bit more expensive than expected."
  • "We paid for Cloud Pak for integration. It all depends on how many VMs or how many CPUs you are using. They do the licensing based on that."
  • "We currently have an annual license renewal."
  • "It largely depends on how much money they earn from the application being deployed; you don't normally deploy an app just for the purpose of having it. You must constantly look into your revenue and how much you spend every container, minute, or hour of how much it is working."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The best thing about Kubernetes is that most of the containerized applications are centralized.
    Top Answer:It's free and open-source; anyone can use it. So there are no hidden fees or anything regarding Kubernetes.
    Top Answer:There are several areas where Kubernetes could improve. For example, in one of our database projects, we needed a storage layer that would work on safer sites. Our application is a permanent one that… more »
    Top Answer:Red Hat Openshift is ideal for organizations using microservices and cloud environments. I like that the platform is auto-scalable, which saves overhead time for developers. I think Openshift can be a… more »
    Top Answer:More tools are available in OpenShift Container Platform to maintain and manage the clusters.
    Top Answer:OpenShift Container Platform is highly-priced. Besides the license fee, you must have a dedicated set of resources to maintain and manage OpenShift Container Platform.
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    Kubernetes (K8s) is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.
    It groups containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery. Kubernetes builds upon 15 years of experience of running production workloads at Google, combined with best-of-breed ideas and practices from the community.

    Red Hat® OpenShift® offers a consistent hybrid cloud foundation for building and scaling containerized applications. Benefit from streamlined platform installation and upgrades from one of the enterprise Kubernetes leaders.

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    Sample Customers
    China unicom, NetEase Cloud, Nav, AppDirect
    Edenor, BMW, Ford, Argentine Ministry of Health
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Financial Services Firm38%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Maritime Company6%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise82%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Kubernetes vs. OpenShift Container Platform
    May 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Kubernetes vs. OpenShift Container Platform and other solutions. Updated: May 2023.
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    Kubernetes is ranked 2nd in Container Management with 50 reviews while OpenShift Container Platform is ranked 1st in Container Management with 28 reviews. Kubernetes is rated 8.8, while OpenShift Container Platform is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Kubernetes writes "Offers security, scalability, and high availability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpenShift Container Platform writes "Provides automation that speeds up our process by 30% and helps us achieve zero downtime". Kubernetes is most compared with VMware Tanzu Mission Control, Amazon EKS, Nutanix Kubernetes Engine NKE, Google Kubernetes Engine and Portainer, whereas OpenShift Container Platform is most compared with Amazon EKS, VMware Tanzu Mission Control, Nutanix Kubernetes Engine NKE, Amazon Elastic Container Service and HPE Ezmeral Container Platform. See our Kubernetes vs. OpenShift Container Platform report.

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