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John Hanley | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We are an IT consulting company specializing in cloud architecture, security, hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. We recently starting working with IBM Cloud. We used IBM Cloud Kubernetes to train ourselves in preparation to advise our customers.

We deployed several test environments from our Google Cloud Kubernetes system to IBM Cloud Kubernetes for practice. This proceeded without incident or technical problems. I wrote an article on my personal website that detailed my experiences with IBM Cloud and IBM Cloud Kubernetes.
  • 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.
  • IBM Kubernetes worked as I expected it to. The area that I would like improvement is either the simplification of the Kubernetes commands or a better management layer built on top. It takes considerable effort to train administrators to manage Kubernetes. However, I feel that adding a management layer should be an option so that the core IBM Kubernetes offering stays industry compatible.
IBM Cloud Kubernetes is well suited to anything serverless to start. As more companies integrate the cloud into their core datacenter services, IBM Cloud Kubernetes makes for a wonderful deployment platform. As monolith applications are broken into individual services, containerization offers great appeal. The ability to deploy, update and scale thru automation has enormous potential.
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Srihari Kapu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We had used Kubernetes service for building hyper ledger fabric applications. Kubernetes comes in handy in integration with hyper ledger for building various blockchain use cases. We use Kubernetes within our blockchain team for building products for our clients.
  • Simple
  • Easy to integrate
  • Robust
  • Efficient
  • On a lower note, it's a bit expensive.
Its of great value when you are implementing your corporate or private block chain use cases. Its quite simple to setup, deploy and run fabric using IBM Blockchain platform.
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Rishabh Pandey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are developing a blockchain application for a healthcare-related product. We are using the IBM blockchain platform with the Kubernetes cluster to deploy our network as well as to expose our node application
  • Security is the key feature which our client expects to maintain across the application.
  • Built-in IP address provision so that we do not need to get an external IP.
  • External service connection ease.
  • Built-in volume management to store our keys.
  • IP addresses are expensive as compared.
  • Logging is not up to the mark.
  • Not highly available in all countries, we need to use other region clusters.
  • Downtime on many occasions.
It is perfectly suited for a blockchain platform which is built locally as there are not many good choices available in the market.
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René Schouten | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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As a systems integrator, we use IBM Cloud Kubernetes for our customers for deploying micro-services in Kubernetes as a backend for several apps. Kubernetes is easily configurable, deployable and scaleable. We can innovate and deploy new functionality in days combined with an Agile way of working. So IBM Cloud Kubernetes gives us the certainty of a managed container service and we can fully concentrate on the micro-services and the data.
  • Managed cluster
  • Easy configuration
  • Ideal for micro-services architecture.
  • Cheap compared to old VM's.
  • Offers good support.
IBM Kubernetes is well suited when your company is working on microservices architecture and uses Agile as a working process.

Using Kubernetes you need to know some basics about deployment and the dependencies with other functionalities.
Also, it is required to split your application into microservices to you can have the full benefit of the container platform
When well implemented you can do maintenance during operation hours, so you can work on the back-end while running the application.
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Aitor Mier Pons | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I'm using IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service to implement a solution with the IBM Blockchain Platform. Our product is around Blockchain, but nobody can use the Kubernetes Service. I'm the only one who can manage it. The only problem I have is its capacity. Now, I'm checking out how to upgrade each machine instead of adding more.
  • Easy to use
  • Not very expensive
  • More documentation
  • Capacity to upgrade easily
I only checked on this within my department, but IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service works well with the IBM Blockchain Platform, seems to be up all the time, and the multizone works very well, without latency (at least on Frankfurt).
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Jason Tian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Our entire department is using it to create a high availability cluster,Make mobile scalability truly user-friendly and easy for multi-language application development.
  • You can add features easily, growing as you need.
  • Options for dedicated servers or VMs gives us a lot of flexibility from a provisioning standpoint.
  • Quick deployment.
  • Old operation guide.
  • For beginner developers, it takes longer to learn costs.
  • Too expensive.
1. Deploy a simple Python application with Kubernetes.
2. Build a smart WeChat robot with IBM Watson Assistant with Cloud Function.
3. Deploy a simple React application with Kubernetes.
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Lakshman Pasala | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We've been using RedHat OpenShift for a while and are currently evaluating IBM Kubernetes directly for our clusters.
  • We like the integrated K8s dashboard that IBM provides.
  • The security audit of container images is great.
  • One thing we'd like is options of more instances to be used as worker nodes.
Pretty good and simple to setup/use for users who are just getting started and are evaluating K8s.
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Dipendu Biswas | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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It is used for orchestration of business services. It is used by a department. It addresses automation of business processes.
  • Comprehensive orchestration product.
  • Good integration with public source code control system.
  • Support for low footprint infrastructure for development could be better.
Good framework for production workloads. Encourage greater adoption by providing economical access to new users.
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Venkata Rao Vuppala | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 11, 2019

IBM Kubernetes Review

Score 9 out of 10
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We are using it for proof of concept for microservices using Kubernetes and Docker engine.
  • Simple.
  • Scalable.
  • Reliable.
  • Not available in all regions.
  • Setting up cluster takes time.
IBM Cloud Kubernetes is well suited for e-commerce fields where innovation takes place in rapid scale.
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Andrew Xiao | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I am currently using it for a project. It is meant to address the ease of orchestrating the deployment of containers.
  • Good documentation.
  • Ease of installation.
  • Good UI.
  • Having better instructional videos online would be nice.
A well-suited case is when we want to evaluate a new potential cloud service. It is less appropriate for situations where businesses already have one.
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Henry Liu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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A small portion of businesses uses K8s but only for microservices.
  • Always, the free tier is attractive.
  • The 30-day free tier expiration is pointless.
  • Not all options are available on the free tier.
  • Load-balancer type not available on the free tier.
  • Cluster deployment is slow.
Perhaps for those enterprises requiring classical infrastructure needs.
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moin haq | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 16, 2019

My Kube

Score 9 out of 10
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Yes, IBM is a cloud partner of AA and we are using IBM Kubernetes. The master node and worker node are in with B2B cloud VPN and they are secure. API gateway is good.
  • Secure
  • Reliable
  • Cost-effective
  • Network security
  • Vault
Resilient, secure and effective API gateway.
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Naresh B | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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We are from pre-sales team, we'll make POC on that, and we will expose it to the world. Here I attended one internal IBM training in our organization. I found that IBM Cloud on DevOps only works on NodeJs support. We are looking on Java Simple Hello World app.
  • Better to make it available for all webapp supports
  • Everything is simple and user friendly, only thing is why we create separate cloud foundry app name space for Devops related projects
It's very fit into Nodejs related apps.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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I'm currently trialing out IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service as part of my independent testing since our platform uses Kubernetes as our primary deployment method for our PaaS.
  • Currently, the pricing for the instances is quite high (30% higher than major vendors), so that needs to be worked on.
  • VM spinup times are slower than most major cloud vendors, if GCP only takes 60 seconds on average, IBM Cloud takes more than 10 minutes. This should be faster and could use more improvement
  • While providing a barebones dashboard for Kubernetes is great, I believe having the IKS service to have its own managed dashboard is better than providing the upstream Kube's dashboard.
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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 03, 2019

Custom containers

Score 8 out of 10
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Within our Smart City area, many of our customers ask us to develop software as it must be installed in their environments. Generally, they ask us to make an image with Kubernetes as a container. It is used in the IT area of our company and solves the problem of software exchange without relying on operating system configurations.
  • Multi-platform
  • Removes dependencies
  • Simple use for IT staff
  • It is not open source
  • High price
  • There are other standards like Docker or VMWare
Among the most important companies we work with, they use Kubernetes, they have large IT departments and choose this tool, so it is reliable with great performance. In scalable projects, it is a great platform. It removes OS dependencies.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We currently are not using IBM Cloud Kuberentes Service. I used it while attending KubeCon 2019. While using it, I could definitely see the benefits that an organization would reap by using the product. It helps facilitate some of the more challenging aspects of creating a Kubernetes cluster on the cloud.
  • Very good documentation for the commands
  • Really good UI integration
  • Easy to pick up with some light instruction
  • 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
It could be an amazing place to train users how to use Kubernetes. I think it does a fairly good job at extracting away some of the more esoteric aspects of configuring a Kubernetes cluster and some of the other things that can inhibit new users. I have not worked with the product enough to be able to see if it has efficacy for production level deployments, but the UI integration seems rather intuitive and might be a real asset for a team supporting production deployments.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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I attended a workshop on Kubernetes, specifically focusing on Istio. The service seems quite solid. IBM's special add-ons to Kubernetes, especially Watson, are what sets it apart from Amazon Webservices (AWS) or Google Compute Engine (GCE). While my experience is quite limited, the workshop showed me that it's a solid product, worth considering when choosing where to run Kubernetes.
  • Watson
  • Scaling
  • Base Kubernetes Functions
  • Pricing clarity
IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is worthwhile if you want to run containers in the cloud. It's especially useful if you'd like to use IBM's Watson service alongside your Kubernetes services.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 17, 2020

Kubernetes Review

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IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is being used mainly for educational purposes. We use it to show the students some use cases regarding things such as a VPN server using squid, or an HTTP server using Nginx.
  • Has lots of data centers around the world.
  • Easy management.
  • Price could be lower.
IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is well suited for Linux and open-source apps. It is less appropriate for Microsoft or Apple software, for example.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 19, 2019

Much better than expected

Score 8 out of 10
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We are evaluating several K8S providers for our customers. The IBM solution is very reliable and easy to use.
  • Ease of use
  • Great documentation
  • Nice User Experience (UI)
  • More documenation
  • Would love some video tutorials on Istio
Would be a good fit for medium to large companies and potentially too complex for small non-IT companies.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Used by my DevOps department addressing our transition towards a CI/CD paradigm for our enterprise applications.
  • Seamless integration with IBM cloud registry and CLI
  • Faster cluster provisioning on the IBM Cloud
It is well suited for the managed-service oriented DevOps team able to lock-in to a well structured cloud interface such as IBMCloud.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 09, 2019

IBM Kubernetes Review

Score 8 out of 10
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It used by my application team. We use it to move current applications from on-premise to cloud.
  • It provides nice orchestration for the docker containers.
  • Pretty straightforward to use.
  • The technical support procedure needs to be improved.
IBM Cloud Kubernetes is great for lift-and-ship type apps. It is not good for heavy data caches where the expense could be a killing factor.
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jonathan gough | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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We are migrating our current application from IBM Cloud Foundry to Kubernetes. We grew out of CF and needed more compute power, therefore we turned to Kubernetes. Currently, we are using it as the primary architecture for our UI and a few of our complex processing processes (pseudo batch processing). We are implementing it for this one client, but we have other clients on Kubernetes on other cloud platforms. The application that it is running supports 300 million dollars in business for this company. The solution is only for a single subset of a larger department. Many pieces of the application are still in Cloud Foundry; we are still in the process of migrating.
  • It scales really well
  • Depending on how you measure, it is cheaper and more powerful than Cloud Foundry
  • Deployments are fast, comparably.
  • It is very unreliable. We have seen nodes and machines randomly go down without warning or helpful error messages.
  • Documentation is not great.
  • The autoscale and documentation on autoscale are not good. We had to write/re-write our own and as a result; we found a lot of issues that caused problems.
If you have a big budget to spend on IBM services and have a lot of services with IBM, yes. For the most part, it does handle heavy batch processes well. However, we have had issues with intermittent outages that have been very challenging. If you need to have redundancies built in and seamless cross-region support, it is a bit more challenging.
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Michael Doran | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 22, 2019

Room to improve

Score 5 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service supports the core of our organization. It has solved the problem of being cloud agnostic for most of what we use Kubernetes Services for.
  • It's Kubernetes
  • The underlying platform that is BlueMix needs work. You can get to dead ends in the GUI with no reference back to "home."
  • Provisioning of underlying clusters is not automated.
  • Removal of hardware is not intuitive.
Great if uptime and provisioning speeds are not a must. Not versatile enough to entertain using for a dynamically side scaled solution even with Knative. The slow provisioning time and human parser steps behind the scenes make using BlueMix a difficult endeavor. If things were a little more fault-tolerant and scalable, I think the platform would be great. For proof of concept, the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is great.
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Kevin Santacruz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Kubernetes in a production environment to stream millions of events per second with real-time data ingestion apps. Kubernetes has an acceptable learning curve and allows us to manage all our microservice containers.
  • Highly scalable
  • Great documentation
  • Makes it a lot easier to establish effective CI/CD pipelines
  • If you have Lite account you can't create service with LoadBalancer, only NodePort is available
  • Long waiting times to deploy the service
IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is great if you want to control microservice architecture in production environments because IBM Cloud, brings us high availability, and strong support. [It is a] resilient and secure platform. You will have an interface for checking node status and logs for control issues in your systems. You can integrate easily with other IBM services.
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Henri Behm | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Mainly we are using IBM Cloud Foundry as a service platform but some readily available installations (for example Artifactory) are installed on Kubernetes service.
  • Service monitoring
  • Command line tooling (ibmcloud ks)
  • Don't have suggestions yet
I have found it useful to run ready-made products in a docker environment. But I like more IBM Cloud Foundry for my own apps where the deployment and SpringBoot auto configuration is more straightforward.
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About IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

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, IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service provides intelligent scheduling, self-healing, horizontal scaling, service discovery and load balancing, automated rollouts and rollbacks, and secret and configuration management. The Kubernetes service also has advanced capabilities around simplified cluster management, container security and isolation policies, the ability for users to design their own cluster, and integrated operational tools for consistency in deployment. Visit the vendor's Docs pages for pricing and support information.
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Google Kubernetes Engine, Azure Kubernetes Service, Amazon EKS

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Mobile Application:No
Supported Countries:https://console.bluemix.net/docs/containers/cs_regions.html#regions-and-zones
Supported Languages: A managed Kubernetes offering to deliver powerful tools, an intuitive user experience and built-in security for rapid delivery of applications that you can bind to cloud services related to IBM Watson®, IoT, DevOps and data analytics. As a certified K8s provider, IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service provides intelligent scheduling, self-healing, horizontal scaling, service discovery and load balancing, automated rollouts and rollbacks, and secret and configuration management. The Kubernetes service also has advanced capabilities around simplified cluster management, container security and isolation policies, the ability to design your own cluster, and integrated operational tools for consistency in deployment. Visit our Docs pages for pricing and support information.