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A Buyer's Guide to Enterprise Kubernetes Management Platforms

 

Redhat Openshift, VMware Tanzu, and Rancher

Published October 2020

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Despite massive adoption of Kubernetes, relying on upstream Kubernetes often isn’t enough for teams deploying Kubernetes into production. 

Vanilla Kubernetes installations are plagued by a lack of central visibility, inconsistent security practices and complex management processes. 

Therefore, Kubernetes management platforms are adopted by enterprises to deliver: 

  • Consistent Cluster Operations: improved DevOps efficiencies with simplified cluster operations 
  • Security Policy & User Management: best practice security policy enforcement and advanced user management on any infrastructure 
  • Shared Tools & Services: a high level of reliability with easy, consistent access to shared tools and services 

In this whitepaper, we have used these categories to evaluate the features of the three leading Kubernetes Management Platforms: 

  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.5 
  • VMware Tanzu 1.0 
  • Google Anthos 1.4 
  • and Rancher 2.5 

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