IBM continues to reinvent itself and brings cloud-native development technologies to large enterprises. It is a worthy investment into containers, microservices, and especially Kubernetes, an excellent sign for the Kubernetes community.
What is StackPointCloud?
StackPointCloud is a managed Kubernetes control plane to build cloud-native stacks on AWS, Google Cloud (GKE & GCE), Azure & DigitalOcean. StackPointCloud simplifies installation and aggregation of multiple Kubernetes clusters pretty much on any platform. Even if you are an expert, provisioning your own Kubernetes stack their easy to use interface and capabilities to centralize all your deployments in one place is compelling. StackPointCloud is free for the first 30 days and $49.95 month after for any number of Kubernetes clusters.
[Update] I have updated instructions on [11/16/17] to reflect improvements and changes StackCloudPoint implemented.
What is MiniKube?
Whether you are a newbie to Kubernetes looking for a small setup to start or a developer who uses Kubernetes on a daily basis, Minikube is the tool that helps you quickly set up and run a Kubernetes environment locally. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a VM on your laptop for users looking to try out Kubernetes or develop with it day-to-day.
There are several options available for developers to install Minikube based on an operating system. You can read the detailed instructions for the three most popular operating systems in Minikube Setup.