Docker Cloud vs Kubernetes

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Docker Cloud vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?

Docker Cloud: A hosted service for Docker container management and deployment. Docker Cloud is the best way to deploy and manage Dockerized applications. Docker Cloud makes it easy for new Docker users to manage and deploy the full spectrum of applications, from single container apps to distributed microservices stacks, to any cloud or on-premises infrastructure; 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.

Docker Cloud belongs to "Containers as a Service" category of the tech stack, while Kubernetes can be primarily classified under "Container Tools".

Some of the features offered by Docker Cloud are:

  • Simplify Docker Provisioning
  • Deploy Apps Anywhere
  • Automate Your Developer Workflows

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

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 7 developers like Docker Cloud, while over 131 developers mention "Leading docker container management solution" as the leading cause for choosing Kubernetes.

Kubernetes is an open source tool with 54.2K GitHub stars and 18.8K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kubernetes's open source repository on GitHub.

Slack, Shopify, and Starbucks are some of the popular companies that use Kubernetes, whereas Docker Cloud is used by DNT, Firecracker, and MetricAid. Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1018 company stacks & 1060 developers stacks; compared to Docker Cloud, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

Decisions about Docker Cloud and Kubernetes
Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 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 Docker Cloud
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    Easy to use
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    Seamless transition from docker compose
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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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    Simple
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    Cheap
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    Supports autoscaling
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    Promotes modern/good infrascture practice
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    No cloud platform lock-in
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    Self-healing
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    Open, powerful, stable
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    Scalable
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    Reliable
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    Quick cloud setup
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    A self healing environment with rich metadata
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    Captain of Container Ship
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    Custom and extensibility
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    Expandable
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    Easy setup
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    Gke
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    Golang
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    Backed by Red Hat
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    Everything of CaaS
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    Runs on azure
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    Cloud Agnostic
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      Poor workflow for development
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      Steep learning curve
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      Orchestrates only infrastructure
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      High resource requirements for on-prem clusters

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    What is Docker Cloud?

    Docker Cloud is the best way to deploy and manage Dockerized applications. Docker Cloud makes it easy for new Docker users to manage and deploy the full spectrum of applications, from single container apps to distributed microservices stacks, to any cloud or on-premises infrastructure.

    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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