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Compose vs Docker Swarm: What are the differences?

Compose: We host databases for busy devs: production-ready, cloud-hosted, open source. Compose makes it easy to spin up multiple open source databases with just one click. Deploy MongoDB for production, take Redis out for a performance test drive, or spin up RethinkDB in development before rolling it out to production; Docker Swarm: Native clustering for Docker. Turn a pool of Docker hosts into a single, virtual host. Swarm serves the standard Docker API, so any tool which already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts: Dokku, Compose, Krane, Deis, DockerUI, Shipyard, Drone, Jenkins... and, of course, the Docker client itself.

Compose can be classified as a tool in the "MongoDB Hosting" category, while Docker Swarm is grouped under "Container Tools".

"Simple to set up" is the top reason why over 41 developers like Compose, while over 44 developers mention "Docker friendly" as the leading cause for choosing Docker Swarm.

Docker Swarm is an open source tool with 5.63K GitHub stars and 1.11K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Docker Swarm's open source repository on GitHub.

Docker, Bugsnag, and Hammerhead are some of the popular companies that use Docker Swarm, whereas Compose is used by Accenture, Artsy, and FashionUnited. Docker Swarm has a broader approval, being mentioned in 83 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to Compose, which is listed in 82 company stacks and 19 developer stacks.

Decisions about Compose and Docker Swarm
Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.1M views

Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

  • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
  • Respectively Git as revision control system
  • SourceTree as Git GUI
  • Visual Studio Code as IDE
  • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
  • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
  • SonarQube as quality gate
  • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
  • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
  • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
  • Heroku for deploying in test environments
  • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
  • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
  • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
  • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
  • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

  • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
  • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
  • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
  • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
  • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
  • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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Pros of Compose
Pros of Docker Swarm
  • 42
    Simple to set up
  • 32
    One-click mongodb
  • 29
    Automated Backups
  • 23
    Designed to scale
  • 21
    Easy interface
  • 13
    Fast and Simple
  • 10
    Real-Time Monitoring
  • 7
    Fastest MongoDB Available
  • 6
    Great Design
  • 6
    REST API
  • 4
    Easy to set up
  • 3
    Free for testing
  • 3
    Geospatial support
  • 2
    Elasticsearch
  • 2
    Heroku Add-on
  • 1
    Automated Health Checks
  • 1
    Email Support
  • 1
    Query Logs
  • 54
    Docker friendly
  • 45
    Easy to setup
  • 39
    Standard Docker API
  • 37
    Easy to use
  • 22
    Native
  • 21
    Free
  • 12
    Clustering made easy
  • 11
    Simple usage
  • 10
    Integral part of docker
  • 5
    Cross Platform
  • 4
    Labels and annotations
  • 3
    Performance
  • 2
    Shallow learning curve
  • 2
    Easy Networking

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      Low adoption

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    What is Compose?

    Compose makes it easy to spin up multiple open source databases with just one click. Deploy MongoDB for production, take Redis out for a performance test drive, or spin up RethinkDB in development before rolling it out to production.

    What is Docker Swarm?

    Swarm serves the standard Docker API, so any tool which already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts: Dokku, Compose, Krane, Deis, DockerUI, Shipyard, Drone, Jenkins... and, of course, the Docker client itself.

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