Chef vs Docker Compose: What are the differences?
What is Chef? Build, destroy and rebuild servers on any public or private cloud. Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
What is Docker Compose? Define and run multi-container applications with Docker. With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running.
Chef can be classified as a tool in the "Server Configuration and Automation" category, while Docker Compose is grouped under "Container Tools".
"Dynamic and idempotent server configuration" is the top reason why over 104 developers like Chef, while over 111 developers mention "Multi-container descriptor" as the leading cause for choosing Docker Compose.
Chef and Docker Compose are both open source tools. Docker Compose with 16.4K GitHub stars and 2.52K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Chef with 5.83K GitHub stars and 2.35K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Docker Compose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 787 company stacks & 608 developers stacks; compared to Chef, which is listed in 359 company stacks and 80 developer stacks.
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