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Kitematic vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?

Kitematic: The easiest way to start using Docker on your Mac. Simple Docker App management for Mac OS X; 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.

Kitematic and Kubernetes can be categorized as "Container" tools.

Some of the features offered by Kitematic are:

  • Mac App with GUI for Docker
  • Create images from any folder with a Dockerfile in it
  • Configure environment variables

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

"I like it because it sucks" is the primary reason why developers consider Kitematic over the competitors, whereas "Leading docker container management solution" was stated as the key factor in picking Kubernetes.

Kitematic and Kubernetes are both open source tools. Kubernetes with 55K GitHub stars and 19.1K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Kitematic with 10.5K GitHub stars and 1.26K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1046 company stacks & 1096 developers stacks; compared to Kitematic, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

Decisions about Kitematic and Kubernetes
Michael Roberts

We develop rapidly with docker-compose orchestrated services, however, for production - we utilise the very best ideas that Kubernetes has to offer: SCALE! We can scale when needed, setting a maximum and minimum level of nodes for each application layer - scaling only when the load balancer needs it. This allowed us to reduce our devops costs by 40% whilst also maintaining an SLA of 99.87%.

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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 2.2M 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 Kitematic
Pros of Kubernetes
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    I like it because it sucks
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    No command line, Docker in one app, gui, easy to set up
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    Good for first timer
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    Easy to get started
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    Leading docker container management solution
  • 121
    Simple and powerful
  • 96
    Open source
  • 71
    Backed by google
  • 55
    The right abstractions
  • 24
    Scale services
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    Replication controller
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    Permission managment
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    Supports autoscaling
  • 3
    Promotes modern/good infrascture practice
  • 3
  • 3
    No cloud platform lock-in
  • 3
  • 3
    Open, powerful, stable
  • 3
  • 2
    Quick cloud setup
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    A self healing environment with rich metadata
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    Captain of Container Ship
  • 1
    Custom and extensibility
  • 1
  • 1
    Easy setup
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
    Backed by Red Hat
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    Everything of CaaS
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    Runs on azure
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    Cloud Agnostic
  • 1

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Cons of Kitematic
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      Poor workflow for development
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      Steep learning curve
    • 4
      Orchestrates only infrastructure
    • 2
      High resource requirements for on-prem clusters

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    What is Kitematic?

    Simple Docker App management for Mac OS X

    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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    What are some alternatives to Kitematic and Kubernetes?
    Portainer is an open-source lightweight management UI which allows you to easily manage your Docker environments. Portainer is available on Windows, Linux and Mac. It has never been so easy to manage Docker !
    Rancher is an open source container management platform that includes full distributions of Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm, and makes it simple to operate container clusters on any cloud or infrastructure platform.
    The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
    Docker Compose
    With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running.
    Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.
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