IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

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IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

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What is 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…

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What is 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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IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service Customer Size Distribution

Consumers0%
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)0%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)50%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)50%

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported Countrieshttps://console.bluemix.net/docs/containers/cs_regions.html#regions-and-zones
Supported LanguagesA 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.

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Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 8.7.

The most common users of IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.
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Score 8 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is well suited to run microservices workload that requires high availability, scaling, with good performance. Combined with other IBM Cloud services (e.g. API Connect), it's very easy to set up a working environment in a short while. Comparing with other cloud providers, IBM seems to have fewer locations. If your service wants to be deployed closer to the end-users, it's worth checking out the available locations.
Score 8 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is very powerful, yet not easy to operate but still provides the freedom to innovate and accelerate digital transformation. Combines application development with security and operations considerations to create a seamless software development lifecycle.
Score 9 out of 10
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It relieves the development team from the tasks that they don't want to do, ensures we execute seamless upgrades frequently, and keeps cluster performance and security up-to-date. This system is one of the automation drivers and we use it to build solutions that are fast, resilient, and that is running perfectly.
Sai karthik Satyavarapu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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For application testing and scaling it's very good and effective. We need to check multiple times the documentation. Availability of regions is very [few]. It's not supported for all regions, [we face] issues when we have customers in the regions [that are] not supported. We had to choose other cloud vendors who are providing better service. We need to get habituated [to] UI if we are using [it] for [the] first time. It will take [a] lot of time to toggle many tabs and check which delays the work.
Score 9 out of 10
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After embracing IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, it allowed us to run applications in a cloud provider-agnostic way and made it possible to introduce new products and the infrastructure to scale each autonomous team's idea. Migrating to IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service provided the flexibility and speed to deliver new products while significantly reducing the operational overhead.
Lavish Garg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It's well-suited for internal service connectivity inside the IBM cloud. If you are using other IBM products then [IBM Cloud Kubernetes] is very suitable to use. For example, using the IBM blockchain service [IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service] is very helpful. Services that are associated with internal IBM cloud components are easy to access and use.
Score 7 out of 10
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Before ever considering using a managed service like Kubernetes Service, it should have already been decided that an orchestration service is necessary for the use case. Smaller systems have trouble benefitting from Kubernetes because of the added management and added overhead costs but Kubernetes Service is a great fit for a team looking for a managed version of Kubernetes to take some of the infrastructure management away from the process.
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is best for apps that need to scale and developers who want to deploy their software fast and easily. In our opinion, it is also good for cutting the cost. However, it cannot provide bare metal server performance like traditional servers, nor does it provide full native support in system and SSH.
Hasnaeen Ferdous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It's well-suited for internal service connectivity inside the IBM cloud. If you are using other IBM products then [IBM Cloud Kubernetes] is very suitable to use. For example using IBM blockchain service [IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service] is very helpful. Services that associated with internal IBM cloud components are easy to access and use.
Zachary Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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The tutorials, especially around blockchain, have been good quality. We found the certificate services vague and unclear, as well as a simple way to firewall or whitelist traffic (we seem to need to 'manually' build a node to be the firewall). When services are present and running's he feel perfect and stable, and the interface use them is not awful, like AWS.
Score 9 out of 10
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The Microservice approach offered by IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is well suited for applications that can be easily split into several parts that work independently one from each other. It is not easy to split correctly the software in multiple parts, but with Kubernetes, you can manage in real-time the deployment of your application, so some services can be deployed on the same physical machine.
It is not appropriate for really monolithic applications that require a lot of data in memory that is shared with multiple threads (e.g. AI applications).
Score 9 out of 10
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Well suited:
  • DEV / QA / SIT deployments: You can use IBMCKS for DEV / QA or SIT environments. Since IBM CKS is a managed service, you can let the deveolping team to be in charge of the infraestructure.
  • Multicloud deployments: Working with ISTIO mesh works perfect on IBM CKS.
  • Network intensive deployments: IBM's network is quite powerfull.
  • Docker containers
Less appropriate:
  • Production Workloads: Is never a good idea to use K8s for production if you don't have a team that fully understands how to operate K8s. K8s is one of the hardest techonologies to use due it's complexity.
  • Workloads that requieres KERNEL tunning: You can't modify Kernel parameters on Managed K8s like CKS. If you are running a workload like REDIS that needs certain KERNEL parameters to be set, I highly advice you to use K8s Open Source.
  • High performance workloads (GPU): IBM CKS does not offers GPUs on their nodes.
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