Fabric vs Rancher: What are the differences?
Fabric: Simple, Pythonic remote execution and deployment. Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution.; Rancher: 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.
Fabric and Rancher are primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" and "Container" tools respectively.
"Python" is the top reason why over 19 developers like Fabric, while over 89 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Rancher.
Fabric and Rancher are both open source tools. Rancher with 11.8K GitHub stars and 1.31K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Fabric with 11.4K GitHub stars and 1.72K GitHub forks.
Instagram, Coursera, and Bitbucket are some of the popular companies that use Fabric, whereas Rancher is used by Packet, Redox Engine, and VCCloud. Fabric has a broader approval, being mentioned in 147 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to Rancher, which is listed in 88 company stacks and 35 developer stacks.
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- Consume too much unnecessary resource by just running rancher agent alone;
- Hard to recover from system failure
- Bad performance of load balancing (compare to dokcer swarm built-in LB or others).
We use Fabric for automating deployment and maintenance tasks: bootstrapping and updating application servers (using the "rolling update" pattern), pulling logs from the servers, running manage.py maintenance commands.
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).
Automate everything! I have fabfiles for testing, bootstrapping, deployment, and building. Easy to customize and its pure python.
Currently looking to move to Swarm or Kubernetes due to a few issues I have with Rancher.
Orchestration of containers for our environments. Remote deployment from Jenkins.
We use Rancher for container orchestration and automated deployment pipelines.