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Decisions about AWS Firecracker and Docker
Florian Sager
IT DevOp at Agitos GmbH · | 2 upvotes · 273.4K views

lxd/lxc and Docker aren't congruent so this comparison needs a more detailed look; but in short I can say: the lxd-integrated administration of storage including zfs with its snapshot capabilities as well as the system container (multi-process) approach of lxc vs. the limited single-process container approach of Docker is the main reason I chose lxd over Docker.

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Pros of AWS Firecracker
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      Rapid integration and build up
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      Open source
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      Testa­bil­i­ty and re­pro­ducibil­i­ty
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      Upgrading / down­grad­ing / ap­pli­ca­tion versions
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      Private paas environments
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      Limit resource usage
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      Game changer
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      I love the way docker has changed virtualization
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      Docker's Compose tools
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      Easy setup
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      Fast and Portable
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      Because its fun
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      Makes shipping to production very simple
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      It's dope
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      Highly useful
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      Very easy to setup integrate and build
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      Package the environment with the application
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      Does a nice job hogging memory
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      Open source and highly configurable
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      Simplicity, isolation, resource effective
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      MacOS support FAKE
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      Its cool
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      Docker hub for the FTW
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      HIgh Throughput

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    Cons of AWS Firecracker
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        New versions == broken features
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        Unreliable networking
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        Documentation not always in sync
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        Moves quickly
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        Not Secure

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      What is AWS Firecracker?

      Firecracker is an open source virtualization technology that is purpose-built for creating and managing secure, multi-tenant container and function-based services that provide serverless operational models. Firecracker runs workloads in lightweight virtual machines, called microVMs, which combine the security and isolation properties provided by hardware virtualization technology with the speed and flexibility of containers.

      What is Docker?

      The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere

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      Azure Functions is an event driven, compute-on-demand experience that extends the existing Azure application platform with capabilities to implement code triggered by events occurring in virtually any Azure or 3rd party service as well as on-premises systems.
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