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Alternatives to Serf

Consul, Zookeeper, Eureka, etcd, and Keepalived are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Serf.
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What is Serf and what are its top alternatives?

Serf is a service discovery and orchestration tool that is decentralized, highly available, and fault tolerant. Serf runs on every major platform: Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It is extremely lightweight: it uses 5 to 10 MB of resident memory and primarily communicates using infrequent UDP messages.
Serf is a tool in the Open Source Service Discovery category of a tech stack.
Serf is an open source tool with 5.2K GitHub stars and 546 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Serf's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Serf

  • Consul

    Consul

    Consul is a tool for service discovery and configuration. Consul is distributed, highly available, and extremely scalable. ...

  • Zookeeper

    Zookeeper

    A centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing distributed synchronization, and providing group services. All of these kinds of services are used in some form or another by distributed applications. ...

  • Eureka

    Eureka

    Eureka is a REST (Representational State Transfer) based service that is primarily used in the AWS cloud for locating services for the purpose of load balancing and failover of middle-tier servers. ...

  • etcd

    etcd

    etcd is a distributed key value store that provides a reliable way to store data across a cluster of machines. It’s open-source and available on GitHub. etcd gracefully handles master elections during network partitions and will tolerate machine failure, including the master. ...

  • Keepalived

    Keepalived

    The main goal of this project is to provide simple and robust facilities for loadbalancing and high-availability to Linux system and Linux based infrastructures. ...

  • SkyDNS

    SkyDNS

    SkyDNS is a distributed service for announcement and discovery of services. It leverages Raft for high-availability and consensus, and utilizes DNS queries to discover available services. This is done by leveraging SRV records in DNS, with special meaning given to subdomains, priorities and weights (more info here: http://blog.gopheracademy.com/skydns). ...

  • SmartStack

    SmartStack

    Scaling a web infrastructure requires services, and building a service-oriented infrastructure is hard. Make it EASY, with SmartStack’s automated, transparent service discovery and registration: cruise control for your distributed infrastructure. ...

  • Libraries.io

    Libraries.io

    It is an open source web service that lists software development project dependencies and alerts developers to new versions of the software libraries they are using. ...

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Consul

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A tool for service discovery, monitoring and configuration
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PROS OF CONSUL
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    Great service discovery infrastructure
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    Health checking
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    Distributed key-value store
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    Monitoring
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    High-availability
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    Web-UI
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    Token-based acls
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    Gossip clustering
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    Dns server
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    Docker integration
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    Not Java
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    John Kodumal

    As we've evolved or added additional infrastructure to our stack, we've biased towards managed services. Most new backing stores are Amazon RDS instances now. We do use self-managed PostgreSQL with TimescaleDB for time-series data—this is made HA with the use of Patroni and Consul.

    We also use managed Amazon ElastiCache instances instead of spinning up Amazon EC2 instances to run Redis workloads, as well as shifting to Amazon Kinesis instead of Kafka.

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    Since the beginning, Cal Henderson has been the CTO of Slack. Earlier this year, he commented on a Quora question summarizing their current stack.

    Apps
    • Web: a mix of JavaScript/ES6 and React.
    • Desktop: And Electron to ship it as a desktop application.
    • Android: a mix of Java and Kotlin.
    • iOS: written in a mix of Objective C and Swift.
    Backend
    • The core application and the API written in PHP/Hack that runs on HHVM.
    • The data is stored in MySQL using Vitess.
    • Caching is done using Memcached and MCRouter.
    • The search service takes help from SolrCloud, with various Java services.
    • The messaging system uses WebSockets with many services in Java and Go.
    • Load balancing is done using HAproxy with Consul for configuration.
    • Most services talk to each other over gRPC,
    • Some Thrift and JSON-over-HTTP
    • Voice and video calling service was built in Elixir.
    Data warehouse
    • Built using open source tools including Presto, Spark, Airflow, Hadoop and Kafka.
    Etc
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    Zookeeper

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    Because coordinating distributed systems is a Zoo
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    PROS OF ZOOKEEPER
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      High performance ,easy to generate node specific config
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      Kafka support
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      Java
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      Supports extensive distributed IPC
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      Supports DC/OS
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      Used in ClickHouse
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      Curator
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      Embeddable In Java Service
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      Used in Hadoop
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      Eureka

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      AWS Service registry for resilient mid-tier load balancing and failover.
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      PROS OF EUREKA
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        Easy setup and integration with spring-cloud
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        Web ui
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        Health checking
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        Circuit breaker
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        Netflix battle tested components
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        Service discovery
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        Monitoring
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        Open Source
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        etcd

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        A distributed consistent key-value store for shared configuration and service discovery
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        PROS OF ETCD
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          Service discovery
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          Fault tolerant key value store
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          Bundled with coreos
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          Open Source
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          Privilege Access Management
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          Secure
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          Consol integration
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          Keepalived

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          PROS OF KEEPALIVED
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            2 nodes HA cluster management
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            Extremely fast (IPVS)
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            Virtual IP HA with VRRP
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            Load Balancer
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            SkyDNS

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            PROS OF SKYDNS
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              Srv discovery for etcd
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              SmartStack

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              PROS OF SMARTSTACK
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                Elegant and powerful
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                Libraries.io

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                Discover open source packages, modules and frameworks you can use in your code
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