Kubernetes vs minikube

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Kubernetes vs minikube: What are the differences?

Developers describe Kubernetes as "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. On the other hand, minikube is detailed as "Local Kubernetes engine". It implements a local Kubernetes cluster on macOS, Linux, and Windows. Its goal is to be the tool for local Kubernetes application development and to support all Kubernetes features that fit.

Kubernetes and minikube can be primarily classified as "Container" tools.

Some of the features offered by Kubernetes are:

  • 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

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

  • Local Kubernetes
  • LoadBalancer
  • Multi-cluster

Kubernetes and minikube are both open source tools. Kubernetes with 56.2K GitHub stars and 19.6K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than minikube with 15.2K GitHub stars and 2.39K GitHub forks.

Google, Slack, and Shopify are some of the popular companies that use Kubernetes, whereas minikube is used by Kalibrr, CommonBond, and Fivestars. Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1440 company stacks & 5226 developers stacks; compared to minikube, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

Decisions about Kubernetes and minikube
Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.4M 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 Kubernetes
Pros of minikube
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    Leading docker container management solution
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    Simple and powerful
  • 101
    Open source
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    Backed by google
  • 56
    The right abstractions
  • 24
    Scale services
  • 18
    Replication controller
  • 9
    Permission managment
  • 7
    Supports autoscaling
  • 7
    Simple
  • 6
    Cheap
  • 4
    Reliable
  • 4
    No cloud platform lock-in
  • 4
    Self-healing
  • 3
    Quick cloud setup
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    Open, powerful, stable
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    Scalable
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    Promotes modern/good infrascture practice
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    Cloud Agnostic
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    Runs on azure
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    Backed by Red Hat
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    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
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    Sfg
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    Expandable
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    Gke
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    Can use same yaml config I'll use for prod deployment
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    Easy setup
  • 0
    Let's me test k8s config locally

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Cons of Kubernetes
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    Poor workflow for development
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    Steep learning curve
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    Orchestrates only infrastructure
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    High resource requirements for on-prem clusters
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    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.

    What is minikube?

    It implements a local Kubernetes cluster on macOS, Linux, and Windows. Its goal is to be the tool for local Kubernetes application development and to support all Kubernetes features that fit.

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