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Conductor vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?

Conductor: A microservices orchestration engine that runs in the cloud *. Conductor is an orchestration engine that runs in the cloud; *Kubernetes:** Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops. 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.

Conductor belongs to "Microservices Tools" category of the tech stack, while Kubernetes can be primarily classified under "Container Tools".

Some of the features offered by Conductor are:

  • Allow creating complex process / business flows in which individual task is implemented by a microservice.
  • A JSON DSL based blueprint defines the execution flow.
  • Provide visibility and traceability into the these process flows.

On the other hand, Kubernetes provides the following key features:

  • Lightweight, simple and accessible
  • Built for a multi-cloud world, public, private or hybrid
  • Highly modular, designed so that all of its components are easily swappable

Conductor and Kubernetes are both open source tools. Kubernetes with 55K GitHub stars and 19.1K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Conductor with 1.9K GitHub stars and 571 GitHub forks.

Decisions about Conductor and Kubernetes
Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 29 upvotes · 5.2M 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 Conductor
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      Leading docker container management solution
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      Simple and powerful
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      Open source
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      Backed by google
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      The right abstractions
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      Scale services
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      Replication controller
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      Permission managment
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      Supports autoscaling
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      No cloud platform lock-in
    • 3
      Quick cloud setup
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      Open, powerful, stable
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      Promotes modern/good infrascture practice
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      Captain of Container Ship
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      A self healing environment with rich metadata
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      Cloud Agnostic
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      Runs on azure
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      Backed by Red Hat
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      Custom and extensibility
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      Easy setup
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      Everything of CaaS

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    Cons of Conductor
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      • 15
        Poor workflow for development
      • 15
        Steep learning curve
      • 8
        Orchestrates only infrastructure
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        High resource requirements for on-prem clusters
      • 2
        Too heavy for simple systems
      • 1
        Additional vendor lock-in (Docker)
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        More moving parts to secure
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        Additional Technology Overhead

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      What is Conductor?

      Conductor is an orchestration engine that runs in the cloud.

      What is 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.

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