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Kubernetes Distributions & Installers Matrix Table

Kubernetes Installer or Distribution Role Ecosystem Infra Provider On-Premise Licence HA Standalone Runs in Docker Ingress + Storage
included
Automated
Deployment
Details
kubeadm SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream Multi platform Yes OSS Yes No No No No Official kubernetes deployment tool
Ansible role for kubeadm automation SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes (storage?) No Ansible role for kubeadm automation
Kops SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream AWS No OSS Yes No No Yes Yes AWS compliant, alpha release
for other providers
kube-aws SRE / DevOps A command-line tool to declaratively manage Kubernetes clusters on AWS
Minikube Devel Kubernetes Upstream Dektop Virtual Machine Yes OSS No Yes No No Yes Official development environment
Docker Desktop on Windows Devel Kubernetes Upstream Desktop Virtual Machine Yes OSS No Yes Yes No Yes Development environment available in
Docker Desktop on Windows
Rancher 2 SRE / DevOps Multi-cloud kubernetes
management
Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes No No No No Racher is an enterprise kubernetes installer
that competes with OpenShift.
Rancher 2 RKE SRE / DevOps Rancher Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes Yes Yes no no Rancher 2 that runs in docker containers.
K3s SRE / DevOps / IoT Rancher Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes Basic kubernetes with automated installer.
K3d SRE / DevOps / IoT Rancher Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes k3s that runs in docker containers.
K3sup (said ‘ketchup’) SRE / DevOps / IoT Rancher Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes get from zero to KUBECONFIG with k3s on any local or remote VM
K3OS SRE / DevOps / IoT Rancher Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes Linux distribution designed to remove as much OS maintenance as
possible in a Kubernetes cluster
K3c Devel Rancher Linux Yes OSS No Yes No No Yes Lightweight local container engine for container development (experiment)
Microk8s Devel / IoT Kubernetes Upstream Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes (beta) Yes No Yes Yes Ubuntu. It compites with k3s.
Pharos SRE / DevOPs / IoT Kubernetes Upstream Multi Platform Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes Pharos is a vendor neutral community driven Kubernetes that works on any infrastructure at any scale. It works flawlessly on public clouds, private clouds, hybrid clouds, on-premises, bare metal or at the edge, no problem!
OKD SRE / DevOps OpenShift Virtual Machine Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes
(okd-community-install)
Yes
(okd-community-install)
okd-community-install is a standalone cluster
of 1 node valid for small projects.
Minishift Devel OpenShift Desktop Virtual Machine Yes OSS No Yes No No Yes OpenShift 3 official development environment.
OCP 4 CodeReady Containers Devel OpenShift Desktop Virtual Machine Yes OSS No Yes No No Yes OpenShift 4 official development environment
OCP 4 Public Cloud SRE / DevOps OpenShift AWS, GCP, Azure No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes OpenShift in Public Cloud
OpenShift Dedicated SRE / DevOps OpenShift AWS No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes OpenShift In AWS managed by Red Hat
OCP 4 Private Cloud 1 SRE / DevOps OpenShift OpenStack,
Red Hat Virtualization
Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes OpenShift in private cloud with automated
deployment recommeded by Red Hat.
OCP 4 Private Cloud 2 SRE / DevOps OpenShift vSphere 6.7 U2, Bare Metal Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No OpenShift in private cloud with infra providers
that currently don’t support automated
deployments.
AWS EKS SRE / DevOps AWS Kubernetes AWS No N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Managed kubernetes by AWS
Azure AKS SRE / DevOps Azure Kubernetes Azure No N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Managed kubernetes by Azure
Google kubernetes Engine (GKE) SRE / DevOps Google Kubernetes GCP No N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Managed kubernetes by Google Cloud
Digital Ocean Kubernetes SRE / DevOps Digital Ocean Kubernetes Digital Ocean No N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Managed kubernetes by Digital Ocean Cloud
Alibaba Container Service for kubernetes (ACK) SRE / DevOps Alibaba Kubernetes Alibaba Cloud No N/A Yes No No yes Yes
Oracle Kubernetes Engine (OKE) SRE / DevOps Oracle Kubernetes Oracle Cloud No N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Managed kubernetes by Oracle Cloud
Terraform (kubernetes the hard way) SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream AWS EKS, Google GKE,
Azure AKS, Digital Ocean,
Alibaba, Oracle Cloud
No N/A Yes No No Yes No kubernetes installer compliant with all the major public cloud providers
(the hard way). It does not use the official installers offered by each
cloud provider.
Kubespray on Public Cloud SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream AWS, GCE, Azure,
Oracle Cloud (experimental)
Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Kubespray on Private Cloud SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream OpenStack, vSphere,
Packet (bare metal), or baremetal
Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes No
Conjure-up SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes
weave.works SRE / DevOps / Devel Kubernetes Upstream
WKSctl SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Caravan SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes
ClusterAPI SRE / DevOps Kubernetes Upstream Yes OSS Yes No No No
Kind Devel Kubernetes Upstream Yes OSS No Yes Yes No Yes Not designed for production use; it is intended for development and
testing environments.
k0s SRE / DevOps Yes OSS Yes Yes No Yes Yes Developed by Mirantis
Ubuntu Charmed Kubernetes SRE / DevOps / Devel Kubernetes Upstream
VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) SRE / DevOps PKS / Cloud Foundry PaaS
(no kubernetes)
vSphere, multi-cloud, public-cloud Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Pivotal Container Service (PKS) adquired by VMware in 2019.
Cloud Foundry PaaS that compites with kubernetes.
VMware vSphere 7 with Kubernetes SRE / DevOps VMware Kubernetes vSphere Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes VMware’s kubernetes
VMware Kubernetes Tanzu (PKS renamed) SRE / DevOps VMware Kubernetes vSphere, multi-cloud, public-cloud Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Embed kubernetes natively into vSphere. Competes with OpenShift.
Mirantis Docker Enterprise 3.1+ with Kubernetes SRE / DevOps Mirantis Kubernetes multi-cloud, private & public cloud Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Istio, Windows and Linux Worker nodes
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