Container Management Software

Best Container Management Software include:

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service.

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Container Management Software Overview

What is Container Management Software?

Container management is the process of managing the creation, deployment, scaling, availability, and destruction of software containers. Managing these containers can prove to be a challenge. Container management software helps optimize how and where to run containers as well as which systems to put them on.

A container is a standard way to package your application's code and associated dependencies and configurations into a virtual container. They help solve the problem of moving software from one computing environment or operating system (OS) to another. The container serves as a self isolated unit that can run anywhere that supports it. Regardless if the host OS is UNIX or non-UNIX, the container will specify what OS will be used internally by the container.

Container-based virtualization is an alternative to hypervisor-based virtualization. In the more traditional virtualization model, the hypervisor creates and runs multiple instances of an operating system so that multiple operating systems can be run on a single physical machine sharing the hardware resources. This is known as a virtual machine (VM). This VM process is memory and processor intensive.

The container model eliminates hypervisors entirely. Containers contain not just the application, but everything that it needs to run including runtime, system libraries, etc. All the containers share the resources of a single operating system and there is no virtualized hardware. Since the host operating system (or kernel) is shared by all containers, they are more efficient than VMs. It’s possible to host far more containers on a single host than VMs.

There are other advantages of choosing containers over VMs. Containers sharing a single operating system kernel start-up in a few seconds, instead of the minutes required to start-up a virtual machine. Containers are scalable, have a small disk size, and are very easy to share.

Features and Capabilities

  • Application development
  • Container deployment and scaling
  • Automation of application builds, deployment, scaling
  • Container health management
  • Container storage
  • Technical support of multiple languages and frameworks
  • Automated rollouts and roll backs
  • Automatic scaling of services
  • Declarative management
  • Deploy anywhere, including hybrid deployments
  • Shared file systems between containers
  • Version controlled repositories

Pricing Information

The pricing structure for container management software is very complex and is best estimated by contacting the vendor. You can obtain basic open source container management software, but most charge on some variation of per node or instance running per year.

Container Management Products

(1-25 of 35) Sorted by Most Reviews

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service
251 ratings
53 reviews
Top Rated
IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is a managed Kubernetes offering to deliver powerful tools, an intuitive user experience and built-in security for rapid delivery of applications that users can bind to cloud services related to IBM Watson®, IoT, DevOps and data analytics. As a certified K8s provider…
Amazon CloudWatch
90 ratings
31 reviews
Amazon CloudWatch is a native AWS monitoring tool for AWS programs. It provides data collection and resource monitoring capabilities.
82 ratings
11 reviews
Kubernetes is an open-source container cluster manager.
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
15 ratings
4 reviews
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers.
19 ratings
4 reviews
Foglight is a database performance management suite from Quest, with modules to perform cloud analytics, network performance monitoring and virtualization management, scaling to a broad, cloud / virtualization focused IT infrastructure monitoring solution.
Google Kubernetes Engine
23 ratings
4 reviews
Google Kubernetes Engine supplies containerized application management powered by Kubernetes which includes Google Cloud services including load balancing, automatic scaling and upgrade, and other Google Cloud services.
7 ratings
3 reviews
Docker Swarm is native clustering for Docker. It turns a pool of Docker hosts into a single, virtual Docker host.
D2iQ Mesosphere
8 ratings
2 reviews
D2iQ (formerly Mesosphere) still supports the Mesosphere solution, which is designed for operations at a very large scale. It's powered by DC/OS, a production-proven cloud native platform that runs containers and data services on the same infrastructure. D2iQ rebranded to reflect their change and b…
IBM Cloud Managed Istio
28 ratings
2 reviews
The IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service provides the Managed Istio installation add on, designed to provide additonal control over clusters and the microservices they comprise via automatic updates and lifecycle management of control plane components, and integration with platform logging and monitoring to…
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
14 ratings
1 reviews
Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is designed to make deploying and managing containerized applications easy. It offers serverless Kubernetes, an integrated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) experience, and enterprise-grade security and governance. It allows development…
Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud
8 ratings
1 reviews
Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud is a comprehensive service that offers fully managed OpenShift clusters, on IBM Cloud platform. It is directly integrated into the same Kubernetes service that maintains 25 billion on-demand forecasts daily at The Weather Company.
4 ratings
1 reviews
HashiCorp's Nomad is a container virtualization cluster manager.
6 ratings
1 reviews
"Springs" are operating system containers where the vendor puts an entire operating system into a Docker-like Linux Container. OS containers make more dynamic use of computing resources, run without the overhead of a hypervisor and allow greater insight into the server itself than traditional virtua…
IBM Cloud Container Registry
3 ratings
1 reviews
IBM Cloud Container Registry enables users to store and distribute container images, and run them in the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and other runtime environments.
Canonical LXD
Canonical LXD is a Linux container hypervisor.
Flockport is container virtualization from the startup (2014) of the same name.
Spoon is the eponymous application virtualization offering from the small Seattle based company, for isolating apps and running them without installation. Spoon can be deployed on-premise for enterprises (Spoon Server) and extended to provide other features.
ContainerShip Cloud
ContainerShip gives users the simplicity and scalability of a Platform as a Service while running on the user's hosting provider cloud account. Github and Bitbucket integrations allow users to go from signup, to build, to deployment on the provider of their choice in a few simple steps. With built i…
Draft is an open-source tool originally released by Microsoft that helps developers streamline the processes of developing container-based applications running on Kubernetes clusters.
SUSE CaaS Platform
German company SUSE provides container management via the SUSE CaaS Platform.
Cisco Container Platform
The Cisco Container Platform automates the routine tasks of deploying Kubernetes clusters.
IBM Cloud Managed Knative
IBM Cloud now offers a Managed Knative service, an IBM supported and updated add-on to IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service for building, deploying, and managing Kubernetes-based serverless workloads.