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Managing Kubernetes: Kops vs. AWS EKS vs. Platform9 KaaS

A Comparison of Kops vs. AWS EKS vs. Platform9 KaaS

Software engineering organizations can consider a number of different options when evaluating which Kubernetes management solution is right for them. This article provides DevOps engineers with a clear picture of the similarities and differences between three popular Kubernetes deployment and management tools: Kubernetes Operations (Kops), AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and Platform9 KaaS.
This article assumes that the reader is already familiar with Kubernetes; if not, you should review the Kubernetes documentation for a very clear explanation of what you need to know to get started. Platform9 has also posted a number YouTube videos covering all aspects of setting up and managing Kubernetes.

IT teams often want to move from Kops to Platform9 because they have found Kops to be difficult to set up and manage. Some teams first try Amazon EKS as their Kubernetes solution, but want to replace it with a multicloud solution that doesn’t have the limitations of EKS.
To show you how Kops, EKS, and Platform9 compare, we will examine each option based on the following:

  • Setup and deployment
  • Configuration and access
  • Cluster management
  • Portability, multicloud support, and lock-In
  • Networking and load balancing

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