Open-Source Tools to Use on an On-Prem Kubernetes Cluster. Managing an on-prem Kubernetes cluster usually means that the operation team owns the deployment of the resources needed to set up the cluster.
Kubernetes has dramatically shifted the trade-offs of on-prem versus SaaS deployments. Thanks to the rich abstractions Kubernetes provides, deploying software on-premises can be significantly easier than it used to be. Because Kubernetes has achieved such high market penetration (and still growing), it is now a viable target environment for many software products. Nevertheless, Kubernetes requires external tools to be production ready, especially on an on-prem deployment.
The purpose of this article is to list tools that everyone should be aware of when it’s time to move an on-prem Kubernetes cluster to production, and by on-prem, we mean not in a cloud environment. In the cloud, it is obviously better to rely on cloud services offered by the provider.
First, forget about Docker Engine, it’s overkill for what Kubernetes needs. Today, there are multiple tools that better manage the container network interface (CNI) and the container storage interface (CSI). Focus on simpler container runtime interface (CRI) like Containerd. It will be probably the new standard as it has already proven its efficiency and maturity.
Our original Kubernetes tool list was so popular that we've curated another great list of tools to help you improve your functionality with the platform.
With Google not owning the trademarks or control for Kubernetes, it also provided a competitive edge to AWS, Microsoft, IBM etc.
Open source today is a word that often include a lot of things, such as open knowledge (Wikimedia projects), open hardware (Arduino, Raspberry Pi), open formats (ODT/ODS/ODP) and so on.
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