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Docker Machine vs Rancher: What are the differences?

Developers describe Docker Machine as "Machine management for a container-centric world". Machine lets you create Docker hosts on your computer, on cloud providers, and inside your own data center. It creates servers, installs Docker on them, then configures the Docker client to talk to them. On the other hand, Rancher is detailed as "Open Source Platform for Running a Private Container Service". Rancher is an open source container management platform that includes full distributions of Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm, and makes it simple to operate container clusters on any cloud or infrastructure platform.

Docker Machine and Rancher can be categorized as "Container" tools.

"Easy docker hosts management" is the top reason why over 12 developers like Docker Machine, while over 89 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Rancher.

Docker Machine and Rancher are both open source tools. Rancher with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.34K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Docker Machine with 5.39K GitHub stars and 1.56K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Rancher has a broader approval, being mentioned in 89 company stacks & 35 developers stacks; compared to Docker Machine, which is listed in 43 company stacks and 47 developer stacks.

What is Docker Machine?

Machine lets you create Docker hosts on your computer, on cloud providers, and inside your own data center. It creates servers, installs Docker on them, then configures the Docker client to talk to them.

What is Rancher?

Rancher is an open source container management platform that includes full distributions of Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm, and makes it simple to operate container clusters on any cloud or infrastructure platform.
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    What are some alternatives to Docker Machine and Rancher?
    Docker Compose
    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.
    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
    boot2docker
    boot2docker is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Tiny Core Linux made specifically to run Docker containers. It runs completely from RAM, weighs ~27MB and boots in ~5s (YMMV).
    Ansible
    Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
    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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    Reviews of Docker Machine and Rancher
    Avatar of gonuts
    Michigan Technological University
    Review ofRancherRancher
    1. Consume too much unnecessary resource by just running rancher agent alone;
    2. Hard to recover from system failure
    3. Bad performance of load balancing (compare to dokcer swarm built-in LB or others).
    How developers use Docker Machine and Rancher
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    etlweather uses RancherRancher

    The whole infrastructure is managed through Rancher. It provides a simple interface to all the underlying tools - Docker, HAProxy (automatically configures load balancer from the containers).

    Avatar of sapslaj
    sapslaj uses RancherRancher

    Currently looking to move to Swarm or Kubernetes due to a few issues I have with Rancher.

    Avatar of InsideSales.com
    InsideSales.com uses RancherRancher

    We use Rancher for container orchestration and automated deployment pipelines.

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    DNT uses Docker MachineDocker Machine

    Crating Docker machines for production and local development.

    Avatar of Walter
    Walter uses Docker MachineDocker Machine

    Management of and deployment to production.

    Avatar of Dave Woolfenden
    Dave Woolfenden uses RancherRancher

    Enterprise-grade Kubernetes Distribution

    Avatar of Shiqiang Yu
    Shiqiang Yu uses RancherRancher

    Pull from CI/CD for live demo

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