Fleet vs Skaffold: What are the differences?
Fleet: Container management and deployment for your cluster. Fleet is a low-level cluster engine that feels like a distributed init system. With fleet, you can treat your CoreOS cluster as if it shared a single init system; Skaffold: Easy and Repeatable Kubernetes Development. Skaffold is a command line tool that facilitates continuous development for Kubernetes applications. You can iterate on your application source code locally then deploy to local or remote Kubernetes clusters. Skaffold handles the workflow for building, pushing and deploying your application. It can also be used in an automated context such as a CI/CD pipeline to leverage the same workflow and tooling when moving applications to production.
Fleet and Skaffold belong to "Container Tools" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Fleet are:
- Deploy docker containers on arbitrary hosts in a cluster
- Distribute services across a cluster using machine-level anti-affinity
- Maintain N instances of a service, re-scheduling on machine failure
On the other hand, Skaffold provides the following key features:
- No server-side component. No overhead to your cluster.
- Detect changes in your source code and automatically build/push/deploy.
- Image tag management. Stop worrying about updating the image tags in Kubernetes manifests to push out changes during development.
Fleet and Skaffold are both open source tools. It seems that Skaffold with 7.16K GitHub stars and 589 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Fleet with 2.45K GitHub stars and 309 GitHub forks.
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