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Consul vs VMware vSphere: What are the differences?

Consul: A tool for service discovery, monitoring and configuration. Consul is a tool for service discovery and configuration. Consul is distributed, highly available, and extremely scalable; VMware vSphere: Free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware. vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure.

Consul can be classified as a tool in the "Open Source Service Discovery" category, while VMware vSphere is grouped under "Virtualization Platform".

Some of the features offered by Consul are:

  • Service Discovery - Consul makes it simple for services to register themselves and to discover other services via a DNS or HTTP interface. External services such as SaaS providers can be registered as well.
  • Health Checking - Health Checking enables Consul to quickly alert operators about any issues in a cluster. The integration with service discovery prevents routing traffic to unhealthy hosts and enables service level circuit breakers.
  • Key/Value Storage - A flexible key/value store enables storing dynamic configuration, feature flagging, coordination, leader election and more. The simple HTTP API makes it easy to use anywhere.

On the other hand, VMware vSphere provides the following key features:

  • Powerful Server Virtualization
  • Network Services
  • Efficient Storage

"Great service discovery infrastructure" is the top reason why over 49 developers like Consul, while over 6 developers mention "Strong host isolation" as the leading cause for choosing VMware vSphere.

Consul is an open source tool with 16.4K GitHub stars and 2.85K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Consul's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Consul has a broader approval, being mentioned in 134 company stacks & 55 developers stacks; compared to VMware vSphere, which is listed in 56 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

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Pros of Consul
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    Great service discovery infrastructure
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    Health checking
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    Distributed key-value store
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    Monitoring
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    High-availability
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    Web-UI
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    Token-based acls
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    Gossip clustering
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    Dns server
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    Not Java
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    Docker integration
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    Strong host isolation
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    Industry leader
  • 4
    Easy to use
  • 4
    Great VM management (HA,FT,...)
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    Great Networking
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    Feature rich
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    Running in background
  • 1
    Can be setup on single physical server
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    Free

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      Price

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    What is Consul?

    Consul is a tool for service discovery and configuration. Consul is distributed, highly available, and extremely scalable.

    What is VMware vSphere?

    vSphere is the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure.

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