Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) is the industry’s only enterprise-grade SaaS-Managed Kubernetes service that runs on customers’ existing VMware infrastructure.
The other Kubernetes solution natively integrated with VMware is Pivotal’s Kubernetes Service (PKS). However despite the use of the term “service” in its name, PKS is not really a managed service, it is a software solution that needs to be deployed and managed by the customer’s VMware administrators themselves, similar to traditional software products. One other VMware product called VMware cloud PKS is a fully-hosted service running only on AWS, and doesn’t let you leverage your existing VMware infrastructure.
Let’s first review the key differences between the two solutions, before drilling-in to a detailed comparison.
The four most important differences between PMK and PKS are: