Kubernetes, DKP, Competitive Comparison

Compare Red Hat vs D2iQ Kubernetes

With so many vendor offerings in the market, how do you choose the right enterprise Kubernetes solution? We compare and contrast Red Hat OpenShift and D2iQ so you can select the best one for your needs.

Jul 14, 2021

Alex Hisaka


D2iQ vs. Red Hat OpenShift
As organizations look to adopt Kubernetes, they are being confronted with a growing number of Kubernetes distributions, services, and products to choose from. Navigating the Kubernetes landscape can be incredibly challenging, especially because there is no “one size fits all” solution.

To help streamline the process, we compare Red Hat OpenShift and D2iQ Kubernetes Platform (DKP) across the top production-grade capabilities to consider while evaluating an enterprise Kubernetes solution. The key capabilities you should be looking for when adopting Kubernetes, include:

1) Multi-Cloud Portability
The best Kubernetes solutions extend operational control from data center to cloud to edge. Red Hat OpenShift relies on using proprietary APIs and CLIs, making portability across different environments harder. DKP enables innovation on any infrastructure, including cloud, multi-cloud, edge, on-premise, and air-gapped environments, which means tremendous flexibility to run applications on the infrastructure of your choosing.

2) Enterprise-Grade Interoperability 
Enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies to support a range of developer needs and app use cases. Although Red Hat OpenShift provides a stack of services, you can’t customize them with ones you prefer or need. DKP maximizes customer choice and options by providing an opinionated set of services needed for production that can be replaced with others to better fit their objectives.

3) Unmodified Open-Source (OSS)
Enterprises want the freedom to move between public cloud providers, hybrid, on-premise, and air-gapped infrastructures. Unlike Red Hat OpenShift, DKP doesn’t rely on proprietary APIs and CLIs in order to get full functionality. Everything is pure open-source and works out-of-the-box so you can leverage ongoing open-source innovation immune to lock-in.

4) Rapid Time-to-Value
Top solutions help accelerate and simplify the development and operations of cloud-native technologies. Although Red Hat OpenShift offers an open-source container platform, it’s very hard and time-consuming to get into production. DKP provides the technology services and support to get into production fast with the necessary Day 2 operational tools built-in.

5) Lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Your Kubernetes provider should not mandate seemingly never-ending consulting services and multi-year service agreements. With DKP, customers can leverage the flexibility, scalability, and innovation of Kubernetes and its supporting cloud-native services in a fraction of the time and costs of Red Hat OpenShift, enabling you to get to market faster with a lower TCO.

6) Certified Kubernetes Training
It’s critical that your internal team has the necessary skill sets to achieve a successful Day 2 outcome. Unlike Red Hat OpenShift, D2iQ is a CNCF-Certified Kubernetes Training Partner that offers a variety of training options to help you successfully plan, build, and operate on Day 2 in production. 

7) Vendor Independence 
If you want to keep vendor independence, make sure your Kubernetes platform does not include proprietary updates that lock you in. As the only independent Kubernetes provider, D2iQ is not beholden to the agenda of IT behemoths like IBM. This means lower TCO for our customers, rather than truckloads of consultants and proprietary software.

To learn more about Red Hat OpenShift vs D2iQ, and see a detailed comparison of how each provider measures up, click here

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