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What is Nutanix Karbon?

Karbon is an enterprise Kubernetes management solution that simplifies provisioning, operations, and lifecycle management of Kubernetes. With Karbon running on Nutanix AHV, IT operations can deliver an end-to-end production-ready Kubernetes environment on premises with push-button simplicity while preserving a native user experience.

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JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, SAIC Volkswagen

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Senior Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Great that it's embedded in the hypervisor; GUI lacks sufficient information
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is embedded in the hypervisor and there are no deployment costs."
  • "GUI lacks sufficient information to help with understanding the installation and process."

What is our primary use case?

 I am the company's senior systems engineer.

What is most valuable?

Karbon is embedded in the hypervisor, there are no deployment costs and the administration is via Prism Central. You need to know about Kubernetes for the part you intend to containerize. 

What needs improvement?

There have been cases where we've deployed with Karbon and haven't seen that it includes errors. There's no way to see them without going into the logs. It would be helpful to have a more verbose GUI, more information, in order to know what's going on with the installation and the process. Karbon is a relatively new feature for Nutanix and the documentation is not completely up to date.  

How was the initial setup?

The implementation is very straightforward but you need to have some familiarity or knowledge of Kubernetes, because there's a lot of Kubernetes involved in troubleshooting. The general console is only for management but when it comes to the day-to-day jobs, you need to have more knowledge of Kubernetes or Dockers. Our DevOps team deals with maintenance of the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The implementation of Karbon is free, it's included in the hypervisor as part of the package. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution seven out of 10. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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