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DC/OS vs Terraform: What are the differences?

Developers describe DC/OS as "The Datacenter Operating System. The easiest way to run microservices, big data, and containers in production". Unlike traditional operating systems, DC/OS spans multiple machines within a network, aggregating their resources to maximize utilization by distributed applications. On the other hand, Terraform is detailed as "Describe your complete infrastructure as code and build resources across providers". With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.

DC/OS can be classified as a tool in the "Cluster Management" category, while Terraform is grouped under "Infrastructure Build Tools".

Some of the features offered by DC/OS are:

  • High Resource Utilization
  • Mixed Workload Colocation
  • Container Orchestration

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

  • Infrastructure as Code: Infrastructure is described using a high-level configuration syntax. This allows a blueprint of your datacenter to be versioned and treated as you would any other code. Additionally, infrastructure can be shared and re-used.
  • Execution Plans: Terraform has a "planning" step where it generates an execution plan. The execution plan shows what Terraform will do when you call apply. This lets you avoid any surprises when Terraform manipulates infrastructure.
  • Resource Graph: Terraform builds a graph of all your resources, and parallelizes the creation and modification of any non-dependent resources. Because of this, Terraform builds infrastructure as efficiently as possible, and operators get insight into dependencies in their infrastructure.

"Easy to setup a HA cluster" is the top reason why over 4 developers like DC/OS, while over 81 developers mention "Infrastructure as code" as the leading cause for choosing Terraform.

DC/OS and Terraform are both open source tools. Terraform with 17.7K GitHub stars and 4.83K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than DC/OS with 2.17K GitHub stars and 458 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Terraform has a broader approval, being mentioned in 510 company stacks & 313 developers stacks; compared to DC/OS, which is listed in 19 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

What is DC/OS?

Unlike traditional operating systems, DC/OS spans multiple machines within a network, aggregating their resources to maximize utilization by distributed applications.

What is Terraform?

With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
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