Knative vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?
Knative: Kubernetes-based platform for serverless workloads. Knative provides a set of middleware components that are essential to build modern, source-centric, and container-based applications that can run anywhere: on premises, in the cloud, or even in a third-party data center; 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.
Knative can be classified as a tool in the "Serverless / Task Processing" category, while Kubernetes is grouped under "Container Tools".
Some of the features offered by Knative are:
- Serving - Scale to zero, request-driven compute model
- Build - Cloud-native source to container orchestration
- Events - Universal subscription, delivery and management of events
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
Knative and Kubernetes are both open source tools. It seems that Kubernetes with 55.1K GitHub stars and 19.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Knative with 2.02K GitHub stars and 394 GitHub forks.
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