Docker Hub vs Kubernetes

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Docker Hub vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?

Developers describe Docker Hub as "Build and Ship any Application Anywhere". It is the world's easiest way to create, manage, and deliver your teams' container applications. It is the perfect home for your teams' applications. On the other hand, Kubernetes is detailed as "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 Hub and Kubernetes can be categorized as "Container" tools.

Kubernetes is an open source tool with 56.2K GitHub stars and 19.6K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kubernetes's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1440 company stacks & 5226 developers stacks; compared to Docker Hub, which is listed in 23 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

Decisions about Docker Hub and Kubernetes
Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 29 upvotes · 4.7M 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 Hub
Pros of Kubernetes
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    Provides public and private repositories
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    Uses a very familiar collaboration model as GitHub, the
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    Quickly creates organizations, add users or create grou
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    Allows users to set permissions to restrict access or s
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    Fairly inexpensive with usage based pricing
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    Security scanning available
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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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    Cheap
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    Supports autoscaling
  • 7
    Simple
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    Reliable
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    Self-healing
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    No cloud platform lock-in
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    Quick cloud setup
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    Open, powerful, stable
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    Scalable
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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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    Golang
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    Expandable
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    Gke
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    Easy setup
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    Sfg
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    Everything of CaaS

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Cons of Docker Hub
Cons of Kubernetes
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    Lacks fine grain access control
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    Does not provide any insight into the registry usage
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    Lacks LDAP, SAML and OAuth support
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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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    Too heavy for simple systems
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    Additional Technology Overhead
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    More moving parts to secure
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    Additional vendor lock-in (Docker)

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What is Docker Hub?

It is the world's easiest way to create, manage, and deliver your teams' container applications. It is the perfect home for your teams' applications.

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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What are some alternatives to Docker Hub and Kubernetes?
Quay.io
Simply upload your Dockerfile (and any additional files it needs) and we'll build your Dockerfile into an image and push it to your repository.
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.
Amazon ECR
It is a fully managed container registry that makes it easy to store, manage, share, and deploy your container images and artifacts anywhere. It eliminates the need to operate your own container repositories or worry about scaling the underlying infrastructure.
GitHub
GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
Docker
The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
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