Azure Container Service vs Azure Service Fabric: What are the differences?
What is Azure Container Service? Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose. Azure Container Service optimizes the configuration of popular open source tools and technologies specifically for Azure. You get an open solution that offers portability for both your containers and your application configuration. You select the size, the number of hosts, and choice of orchestrator tools, and Container Service handles everything else.
What is Azure Service Fabric? Distributed systems platform that simplifies build, package, deploy, and management of scalable microservices apps. Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices. Service Fabric addresses the significant challenges in developing and managing cloud apps.
Azure Container Service and Azure Service Fabric are primarily classified as "Containers as a Service" and "Microservices" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Azure Container Service are:
- Create a container hosting solution optimized for Azure
- Scale and orchestrate applications using Apache Mesos or Docker Swarm
- Use popular open source, client-side tooling
On the other hand, Azure Service Fabric provides the following key features:
- Simplify microservices development and application lifecycle management
- Reliably scale and orchestrate containers and microservices
- Data-aware platform for low-latency, high-throughput workloads with stateful containers or microservices
Azure Service Fabric is an open source tool with 2.57K GitHub stars and 304 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Azure Service Fabric's open source repository on GitHub.
QwikSense, Veris, and Sensewaves are some of the popular companies that use Azure Container Service, whereas Azure Service Fabric is used by Starbucks, OneWire, and eVestor. Azure Container Service has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8 company stacks & 7 developers stacks; compared to Azure Service Fabric, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.