Google Kubernetes Engine vs Red Hat OpenShift

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Google Kubernetes Engine vs OpenShift: What are the differences?

Developers describe Google Kubernetes Engine as "Deploy, manage, and scale containerized applications on Kubernetes, powered by Google Cloud". Container Engine takes care of provisioning and maintaining the underlying virtual machine cluster, scaling your application, and operational logistics like logging, monitoring, and health management. On the other hand, OpenShift is detailed as "Red Hat's free Platform as a Service (PaaS) for hosting Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, Node.js, and Perl apps". OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.

Google Kubernetes Engine can be classified as a tool in the "Containers as a Service" category, while OpenShift is grouped under "Platform as a Service".

Some of the features offered by Google Kubernetes Engine are:

  • Docker support - Improve the predictability of your deployments with Docker containers. Containers make it easy to deploy applications across environments.
  • Better ops - Give ops a better system, starting with a managed compute cluster. Container Engine takes care of provisioning and maintaining the underlying virtual machines and operational logistics like logging, monitoring, and health management.
  • Declarative management - Use declarative syntax to define your application requirements. Container Engine will actively manage your application, ensuring your containers are running and scheduling additional as needed.

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

  • Built-in support for Node.js, Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, and Java (the standard in today's Enterprise)
  • OpenShift is extensible with a customizable cartridge functionality that allows developers to add any other language they wish. We've seen everything from Clojure to Cobol running on OpenShift.
  • OpenShift supports frameworks ranging from Spring, to Rails, to Play

"Powered by kubernetes" is the top reason why over 15 developers like Google Kubernetes Engine, while over 95 developers mention "Good free plan" as the leading cause for choosing OpenShift.

OpenShift is an open source tool with 913 GitHub stars and 561 GitHub forks. Here's a link to OpenShift's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Google Kubernetes Engine has a broader approval, being mentioned in 248 company stacks & 252 developers stacks; compared to OpenShift, which is listed in 76 company stacks and 358 developer stacks.

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    Backed by Google
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    Powered by kubernetes
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    Docker
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    Scalable
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    Open source
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    Command line interface is intuitive
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    Decoupled app
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    Provisioning
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    Declarative management
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    Good free plan
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    Open Source
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    Easy setup
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    Nodejs support
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    Well documented
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    Custom domains
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    Mongodb support
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    Clean and simple architecture
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    PHP support
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    Customizable environments
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    Ability to run CRON jobs
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    Easier than Heroku for a WordPress blog
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    PostgreSQL support
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    Autoscaling
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    Easy deployment
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    Good balance between Heroku and AWS for flexibility
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    Free, Easy Setup, Lot of Gear or D.I.Y Gear
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    Shell access to gears
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    Great Support
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    Overly complicated and over engineered in majority of e
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    Golang support
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    Its free and offer custom domain usage
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    Meteor support
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    Easy setup and great customer support
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    High Security
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    No credit card needed
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    because it is easy to manage
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    Logging & Metrics
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    Autoscaling at a good price point
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    Great free plan with excellent support
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    This is the only free one among the three as of today

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      Decisions are made for you, limiting your options
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      License cost
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      Behind, sometimes severely, the upstreams

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    What is Google Kubernetes Engine?

    Container Engine takes care of provisioning and maintaining the underlying virtual machine cluster, scaling your application, and operational logistics like logging, monitoring, and health management.

    What is Red Hat OpenShift?

    OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.

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    What are some alternatives to Google Kubernetes Engine and Red Hat OpenShift?
    Google App Engine
    Google has a reputation for highly reliable, high performance infrastructure. With App Engine you can take advantage of the 10 years of knowledge Google has in running massively scalable, performance driven systems. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow.
    Google Compute Engine
    Google Compute Engine is a service that provides virtual machines that run on Google infrastructure. Google Compute Engine offers scale, performance, and value that allows you to easily launch large compute clusters on Google's infrastructure. There are no upfront investments and you can run up to thousands of virtual CPUs on a system that has been designed from the ground up to be fast, and to offer strong consistency of performance.
    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.
    Amazon EC2 Container Service
    Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles.
    Amazon EKS
    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install and operate your own Kubernetes clusters.
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