Azure Kubernetes Service vs Kubernetes

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Azure Kubernetes Service vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?

What is Azure Kubernetes Service? Simplify Kubernetes management, deployment, and operations. Fully managed Kubernetes container orchestration service on Microsoft Azure.

What is Kubernetes? Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops. Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.

Azure Kubernetes Service can be classified as a tool in the "Containers as a Service" category, while Kubernetes is grouped under "Container Tools".

Some of the features offered by Azure Kubernetes Service are:

  • Deploy and manage Kubernetes with ease
  • Scale and run applications with confidence
  • Secure your Kubernetes environment

On the other hand, Kubernetes provides the following key features:

  • Lightweight, simple and accessible
  • Built for a multi-cloud world, public, private or hybrid
  • Highly modular, designed so that all of its components are easily swappable

Kubernetes is an open source tool with 55.1K GitHub stars and 19.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kubernetes's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1048 company stacks & 1099 developers stacks; compared to Azure Kubernetes Service, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

Decisions about Azure Kubernetes Service and Kubernetes
Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.3M views

Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

  • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
  • Respectively Git as revision control system
  • SourceTree as Git GUI
  • Visual Studio Code as IDE
  • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
  • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
  • SonarQube as quality gate
  • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
  • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
  • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
  • Heroku for deploying in test environments
  • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
  • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
  • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
  • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
  • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

  • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
  • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
  • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
  • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
  • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
  • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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Pros of Azure Kubernetes Service
Pros of Kubernetes
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      Leading docker container management solution
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      Simple and powerful
    • 101
      Open source
    • 75
      Backed by google
    • 56
      The right abstractions
    • 24
      Scale services
    • 18
      Replication controller
    • 9
      Permission managment
    • 7
      Simple
    • 7
      Supports autoscaling
    • 6
      Cheap
    • 4
      Self-healing
    • 4
      Reliable
    • 4
      No cloud platform lock-in
    • 3
      Open, powerful, stable
    • 3
      Scalable
    • 3
      Quick cloud setup
    • 3
      Promotes modern/good infrascture practice
    • 2
      Backed by Red Hat
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      Runs on azure
    • 2
      Cloud Agnostic
    • 2
      Custom and extensibility
    • 2
      Captain of Container Ship
    • 2
      A self healing environment with rich metadata
    • 1
      Golang
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      Easy setup
    • 1
      Everything of CaaS
    • 1
      Sfg
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      Expandable
    • 1
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    Cons of Azure Kubernetes Service
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        Poor workflow for development
      • 11
        Steep learning curve
      • 5
        Orchestrates only infrastructure
      • 2
        High resource requirements for on-prem clusters

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      What is Azure Kubernetes Service?

      Deploy and manage containerized applications more easily with a fully managed Kubernetes service. It offers serverless Kubernetes, an integrated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) experience, and enterprise-grade security and governance. Unite your development and operations teams on a single platform to rapidly build, deliver, and scale applications with confidence.

      What is Kubernetes?

      Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.

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