11 tools that make Kubernetes better

Take advantage of these Kubernetes companions to simplify app definitions, migrate clusters, ease cloud deployments, and more

11 tools that make Kubernetes better
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Few computing platforms—even those of great power and scale—satisfy every need as-is. While Kubernetes is useful out of the box, it’s far from complete. You can always find a use case or a need where the default Kubernetes feature set falls short, such as database support, or simply ignores, such as continuous delivery.

That’s where the broader Kubernetes community comes in, with add-ons, extensions, and bonus goodies for the container orchestration framework. Here are 11 of the top Kubernetes companions we’ve found. Some will complement any Kubernetes cluster, while others address specific needs that stock Kubernetes doesn’t address.

Gravity: Portable Kubernetes clusters

If you want to deploy an application into Kubernetes, many apps have Helm charts to guide and automate the process. But what if you want to take a Kubernetes cluster as is and deploy it somewhere?

Gravity takes snapshots of Kubernetes clusters, their container registries, and their running applications, called “application bundles.” The bundle, which is just a .tar file, can replicate the cluster anywhere Kubernetes runs.

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