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    Kubernetes Alternatives

    Kubernetes is described as 'open source orchestration system for Docker containers' and is a popular Virtualization App in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Kubernetes for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Vagrant, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Kubernetes are virt-manager (Free, Open Source), Heroku (Freemium), Portainer (Free, Open Source) and OpenShift (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 9, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • VirtualBox
      • VMware Workstation
      • VMware Fusion
      • FreeBSD
      Create and manage virtualized development environments. Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments.
      This alternative is disputed. Vagrant is still a legitimate alternative to Kubernetes, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    1. The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers).
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      virt-manager can handle clusters of several physical VM hosts, each running many VMs. It offers advanced orchestration features such as migrating VMs between hosts with no downtime, storage provisioning, networking/firewall configuration and live snapshots. A major difference between Kubernetes and virt-manager (as well as the libvirt ecosystem in general) is that Kubernetes manages containers, whereas libvirt manages full VMs running on a hypervisor such as KVM, Xen or ESX.
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    2. Heroku is a cloud application platform for Ruby, Rails, Node.js, Java, Python, Scala and Clojure web apps. Everything you need to build, run, and scale: Dynos: Run virtually any language at any scale. Database: Enterprise-grade Postgres as a service.
    3. Lightweight, open-source management UI for docker hosts or swam clusters.
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    4. OpenShift is Red Hat's free, auto-scaling Platform as a Service (PaaS) for applications. As an application platform in the cloud, OpenShift manages the stack so you can focus on your code.

    5. Rancher is an open source project that provides a complete platform for operating Docker in production. It provides infrastructure services such as multi-host networking, global and local load balancing, and volume snapshots.
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    6. Open-source PaaS for Java, Ruby, Python and Node.js.
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    7. Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.
      Almost everyone thinks Apache Mesos is a great alternative to Kubernetes.
    8. Minor rant incoming: Something's not working? Maybe a service is down. docker-compose ps. Yep, it's that microservice that's still buggy. No issue, I'll just restart it: docker-compose restart. Okay now let's try again. Oh wait the issue is still there. Hmm.
    9. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a free product that delivers enterprise-class virtualization for your datacenter and hybrid cloud.
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