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Docker vs Sauce Labs: What are the differences?

Docker: Enterprise Container Platform for High-Velocity Innovation. 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; Sauce Labs: Test mobile or web apps instantly across 700+ browser/OS/device platform combinations - without infrastructure setup. Cloud-based automated testing platform enables developers and QEs to perform functional, JavaScript unit, and manual tests with Selenium or Appium on web and mobile apps. Videos and screenshots for easy debugging. Secure and CI-ready.

Docker belongs to "Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers" category of the tech stack, while Sauce Labs can be primarily classified under "Browser Testing".

Some of the features offered by Docker are:

  • Integrated developer tools
  • open, portable images
  • shareable, reusable apps

On the other hand, Sauce Labs provides the following key features:

  • 700+ browser/OS/device combinations for cross-browser and platform testing to improve web and mobile app quality and eliminate the overhead of internal infrastructure
  • Highly reliable, on-demand cloud for enterprise-grade scalability and industry standard security
  • Optimized for popular testing frameworks, CI systems, and surrounding tools and services

"Rapid integration and build up" is the top reason why over 815 developers like Docker, while over 54 developers mention "Selenium-compatible" as the leading cause for choosing Sauce Labs.

Docker is an open source tool with 53.8K GitHub stars and 15.5K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Docker's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Docker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3471 company stacks & 3322 developers stacks; compared to Sauce Labs, which is listed in 66 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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I am looking to purchase one of these tools for Mobile testing for my team. It should support Native, hybrid, and responsive app testing. It should also feature debugging, parallel execution, automation testing/easy integration with automation testing tools like Selenium, and the capability to provide availability of devices specifically for us to use at any time with good speed of performing all these activities.

I have already used Perfecto mobile, and Sauce Labs in my other projects before. I want to know how different or better is AWS Device farm in usage and how advantageous it would be for us to use it over other mentioned tools

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Decisions about Docker and Sauce Labs
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lxd/lxc and Docker aren't congruent so this comparison needs a more detailed look; but in short I can say: the lxd-integrated administration of storage including zfs with its snapshot capabilities as well as the system container (multi-process) approach of lxc vs. the limited single-process container approach of Docker is the main reason I chose lxd over Docker.

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Pros of Docker
Pros of Sauce Labs
  • 821
    Rapid integration and build up
  • 688
    Isolation
  • 517
    Open source
  • 504
    Testa­bil­i­ty and re­pro­ducibil­i­ty
  • 459
    Lightweight
  • 217
    Standardization
  • 182
    Scalable
  • 105
    Upgrading / down­grad­ing / ap­pli­ca­tion versions
  • 86
    Security
  • 84
    Private paas environments
  • 33
    Portability
  • 25
    Limit resource usage
  • 15
    I love the way docker has changed virtualization
  • 15
    Game changer
  • 12
    Fast
  • 11
    Concurrency
  • 7
    Docker's Compose tools
  • 4
    Fast and Portable
  • 4
    Easy setup
  • 4
    Because its fun
  • 3
    Makes shipping to production very simple
  • 2
    It's dope
  • 1
    Highly useful
  • 1
    MacOS support FAKE
  • 1
    Its cool
  • 1
    Docker hub for the FTW
  • 1
    Very easy to setup integrate and build
  • 1
    Package the environment with the application
  • 1
    Does a nice job hogging memory
  • 1
    Open source and highly configurable
  • 1
    Simplicity, isolation, resource effective
  • 59
    Selenium-compatible
  • 46
    Webdriver compatible
  • 35
    Video recordings of every test
  • 31
    Qa
  • 29
    Mobile support
  • 26
    Any programming language
  • 23
    Developer tools
  • 21
    Test local and firewalled servers
  • 20
    Jenkins integration
  • 18
    Pristine VMs
  • 17
    CI Compatible
  • 11
    Appium support
  • 9
    Parallel testing
  • 8
    Rapid environment preparation
  • 7
    Easy testing on almost any device
  • 7
    Allows me to Focus more test automation rather than IT
  • 7
    Mobile device support
  • 6
    Secure testing and easy setup
  • 5
    Easy setup with CI and fast automated tests
  • 5
    Quick support response
  • 4
    Fast and reliable to host the automated tests
  • 4
    Easy to setup and understand,
  • 3
    Easy onboarding, do not need to manager VMs/OS/Browsers
  • 3
    Easy setup and integration with Travis Ci
  • 3
    Maintained browser matrix
  • 2
    Generous free trial
  • 2
    Easy. Straightforward. Scalable
  • 2
    Great way to integrate test suite on cloud
  • 2
    Hany for platform testing
  • 2
    Teamcity Integration and mobile testing win
  • 2
    Great documentation
  • 2
    Simplicity of Sauce-connect
  • 2
    Efficient tool to verify product quality
  • 1
    It's great for my QA work
  • 1
    QE support
  • 1
    Secure testing
  • 1
    Stable
  • 1
    Very Good, Quick, flexible Infrastructure Support
  • 1
    Amazing service to do cloud cross browser testing
  • 1
    Depth of integrations
  • 1
    Because of its cloud based support for appium
  • 1
    Manuals are not very well versed for beginners
  • 1
    Cheaper than browserstack
  • 1
    Having this available for CI servers is fantastic
  • 1
    Awesome tech support
  • 1
    Easy setup, Works great with selenium.
  • 0
    Simple to set up and integrate so many browser configs

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Cons of Docker
Cons of Sauce Labs
  • 7
    New versions == broken features
  • 4
    Unreliable networking
  • 4
    Documentation not always in sync
  • 3
    Moves quickly
  • 1
    Not Secure
  • 2
    Expensive
  • 1
    Relatively slow

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What is 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

What is Sauce Labs?

Cloud-based automated testing platform enables developers and QEs to perform functional, JavaScript unit, and manual tests with Selenium or Appium on web and mobile apps. Videos and screenshots for easy debugging. Secure and CI-ready.

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