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IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

This is more suited to well-established organizations where they want to go cloud-native. With the advent of the importance of cloud, IKS has a place where existing customers would like to move to a more modernized, distributed platform with the trust and security of IBM along with the option to be deployed to a bare metal instance—currently some vendors lack.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

OpenShift is well suited if you want to use docker and kubernetes but you want to hide the complexity of these two technologies. It gives a developer much more freedom in terms of code deployment, build process and implementation. One of its strengths is scaling and you can easily configure for each application.
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

  • IBM has a strong focus on serverless and Kubernetes. This shows in the platform. Deploying containers to Kubernetes was very easy.
  • Deploying a Kubernetes cluster through the GUI is very easy and quick. On top of that, IBM Cloud offers a single node cluster for Free.
  • Container Registry is a very good product for managing container images. Integration with Kubernetes was seemless.
  • Portability. To transition from Google Cloud Kubernetes to IBM Cloud Kubernetes took almost no effort. We mostly use the CLI and the standard tools such as kubectl were present.
John Hanley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

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Cons

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

  • I was on a bad wifi signal and lost connection a couple of times. The process of reconnecting was inconsistent and I sometimes lost my environment variable definitions
  • Error messages were sometimes not descriptive. I tried performing a kubectl command and got a strange error that was essentially the result of not having the KUBECONFIG environment variable set due to the error above
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

  • Steep learning curve
  • Lack of a trial version
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service 5.5
Based on 2 answers
Not yet. I still need to evaluate the usage price with other providers.
Jason Tian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

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Usability

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Kubernetes is absolutely fantastic. The Kubernetes API is a great tool when it comes to automating a deployment pipeline. Deployments are not only more reliable, but also much faster, because we’re no longer dealing with VMs. Our builds and deployments have become more reliable because it’s easier to test and ship containers.
Jason Tian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

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Reliability and Availability

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service 9.1
Based on 1 answer
IBM's cloud is almost infallible.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

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Performance

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service 9.1
Based on 1 answer
IBM's cloud has a site in my conuntry (MEXICO) so the network latency was almost 0
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

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Support Rating

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service 7.7
Based on 4 answers
The self-guided support was solid, and there are plenty of online videos to guide first time users, but I think one area of improvement is a faster way to transfer a large quantity of files from our local machine to the cloud for storage (Aspera)
Andrew Xiao | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud 7.0
Based on 1 answer
I think response time for IBM Cloud support should be improved.
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service 1.0
Based on 1 answer
IBM's documentation is the WORST. It is very difficult to follow and very poorly designed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

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Implementation Rating

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service 7.6
Based on 3 answers
Ease of use. Very intuitive. We have been looking for a product that allows us to orchestrate our docker containers in a way where it allows us to effectively scale our applications to production. It also provides us a way of monitoring all our infrastructure in a very clear concise way.
Jason Tian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

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Alternatives Considered

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

Internally, we have evaluated and used Google Kubernetes Engine, Azure Kubernetes, and AWS Kubernetes. Overall, our team would rank IBM's offering as 2nd or 3rd amongst those we have used and deployed thus far. We selected IBM Kubernetes here because the client has almost all of their assets with IBM. K8 is better than Cloud Foundry for many things. The scaling is much better than running things on lots of EC2 instances.
jonathan gough | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

We tested Red Hat OpenShift on premise but we decided to go for a public cloud to reduce our infrastructure and pay for what we use.
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service 1.0
Based on 1 answer
IBM's CKS does not offers automatic autoscaling nor vertical scaling (automatic). Other services like Google Kubernetes Engine scales up and down very well
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

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Return on Investment

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

  • Very cost effective and horizontally scalable serivces.
  • More predictable than spinning up new virtual servers for expansion (Charged by API).
  • Adaptation of all standards including Docker, MongoDB, Node-RED, allows leveraging of existing and Open Source code more reliably to reduce costs.
Paul Levy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

  • Improved the release of new versions of applications.
  • Possibility to quickly change the processing capacity.
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

* Usage

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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