Docker Compose vs Nomad: What are the differences?
Docker Compose: Define and run multi-container applications with Docker. With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running; Nomad: A cluster manager and scheduler. Nomad is a cluster manager, designed for both long lived services and short lived batch processing workloads. Developers use a declarative job specification to submit work, and Nomad ensures constraints are satisfied and resource utilization is optimized by efficient task packing. Nomad supports all major operating systems and virtualized, containerized, or standalone applications.
Docker Compose and Nomad are primarily classified as "Container" and "Cluster Management" tools respectively.
Docker Compose and Nomad are both open source tools. It seems that Docker Compose with 16.6K GitHub stars and 2.56K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Nomad with 4.93K GitHub stars and 893 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Docker Compose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 795 company stacks & 625 developers stacks; compared to Nomad, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.
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Since our production deployment makes use of the Convox platform, we use this to describe the containers to be deployed via Convox to AWS ECS.
We also use this for our local dev environment (previously used vagrant with chef).
Aside from our Minecraft-infrastructure, we compose it with ... Docker Compose! (kinda obious, eh .. ?) This includes for example the web-services, aswell as the monitoring and mail-infrastructure.
Docker Compose is just another part of my "infrastructure as code" initiative and allows me to build isolated pieces of systems with their own volumes and networks.
Our application will consist of several containers each communicating with each other. Using docker-compose, we can orchestrate several containers at once.
The core tech in ACS (Azure Container Services) we spin up a Kubernetes cluster and deploy our app into staging and production environments here.