The container management system has been described as “” because of how it transforms the way software is deployed. But there is another way Kubernetes is akin to Linux: the sheer number and variety of distributions, incarnations, and re-packagings of Kubernetes out there.

Many of the most well-known come from companies—such as Canonical, Red Hat, and Suse—that also provide Linux distributions. But these aren’t the only game in town. A number of other Kubernetes-powered products offer useful ways to do container management in specific scenarios. Here are five significant products that offer Kubernetes with a twist.


 is a Kubernetes distribution designed for multi-cloud use. Multiple Kubernetes clusters can be provisioned and managed on multiple cloud environments using a single toolset. Containership taps Kubernetes’ native monitoring and reporting technology to return details about resource usage across each cloud, as a way to determine which applications will run best, or cheapest, on which cloud.

Containership’s open source community edition is available for free. The business edition ($500 per month) adds enhanced audit logging and platform support, and the enterprise edition ($2500 per month) adds on-premises operations, enterprise authentication, and a platform SLA guarantee.

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