Azure Container Service vs boot2docker

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Azure Container Service vs boot2docker: What are the differences?

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; boot2docker: Lightweight Linux for Docker. boot2docker is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Tiny Core Linux made specifically to run Docker containers. It runs completely from RAM, weighs ~27MB and boots in ~5s (YMMV).

Azure Container Service belongs to "Containers as a Service" category of the tech stack, while boot2docker can be primarily classified under "Virtual Machine Management".

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, boot2docker provides the following key features:

  • Kernel 3.14.1 with AUFS, Docker 0.10.1, LXC 0.8.0
  • Container persistence via disk automount on /var/lib/docker
  • SSH keys persistence via disk automount

"Easy to setup, very agnostic" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Azure Container Service, while over 42 developers mention "Lightweight" as the leading cause for choosing boot2docker.

boot2docker is an open source tool with 7.99K GitHub stars and 1.14K GitHub forks. Here's a link to boot2docker's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, boot2docker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 70 company stacks & 30 developers stacks; compared to Azure Container Service, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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Pros of Azure Container Service
Pros of boot2docker
  • 5
    Easy to setup, very agnostic
  • 3
    It supports Kubernetes, Mesos DC/OS and Docker Swarm
  • 2
    It has a nice command line interface (CLI) tool
  • 43
    Lightweight
  • 35
    Use docker when it's not natively possible
  • 11
    Use it for fast demo without big image
  • 3
    Easy to use
  • 3
    Containers

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What is Azure Container Service?

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 boot2docker?

boot2docker is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Tiny Core Linux made specifically to run Docker containers. It runs completely from RAM, weighs ~27MB and boots in ~5s (YMMV).

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What are some alternatives to Azure Container Service and boot2docker?
Kubernetes
Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
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
Azure Kubernetes Service
Deploy and manage containerized applications more easily with a fully managed Kubernetes service. It offers serverless Kubernetes, an integrated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) experience, and enterprise-grade security and governance. Unite your development and operations teams on a single platform to rapidly build, deliver, and scale applications with confidence.
Azure App Service
Quickly build, deploy, and scale web apps created with popular frameworks .NET, .NET Core, Node.js, Java, PHP, Ruby, or Python, in containers or running on any operating system. Meet rigorous, enterprise-grade performance, security, and compliance requirements by using the fully managed platform for your operational and monitoring tasks.
Azure Container Instances
It is a solution for any scenario that can operate in isolated containers, without orchestration. Run event-driven applications, quickly deploy from your container development pipelines, and run data processing and build jobs.
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How developers use Azure Container Service and boot2docker
Radosław Osiński uses
boot2docker

Used for wildfly clustering testing. And for testing database.

Alec Cunningham uses
boot2docker

Essential tool for using docker-compose.

clonn uses
boot2docker

Mac Usage