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Apache Mesos vs Rancher: What are the differences?

What is Apache Mesos? Develop and run resource-efficient distributed systems. Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.

What is 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.

Apache Mesos can be classified as a tool in the "Cluster Management" category, while Rancher is grouped under "Container Tools".

Some of the features offered by Apache Mesos are:

  • Fault-tolerant replicated master using ZooKeeper
  • Scalability to 10,000s of nodes
  • Isolation between tasks with Linux Containers

On the other hand, Rancher provides the following key features:

  • Manage Hosts, Deploy Containers, Monitor Resources
  • User Management & Collaboration
  • Native Docker APIs & Tools

"Easy scaling" is the top reason why over 19 developers like Apache Mesos, while over 89 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Rancher.

Rancher is an open source tool with 11.8K GitHub stars and 1.31K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Rancher's open source repository on GitHub.

Packet, Redox Engine, and VCCloud are some of the popular companies that use Rancher, whereas Apache Mesos is used by PayPal, SendGrid, and HubSpot. Rancher has a broader approval, being mentioned in 88 company stacks & 35 developers stacks; compared to Apache Mesos, which is listed in 61 company stacks and 19 developer stacks.

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What is Apache Mesos?

Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.

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 Apache Mesos and Rancher?
Mesosphere
Mesosphere offers a layer of software that organizes your machines, VMs, and cloud instances and lets applications draw from a single pool of intelligently- and dynamically-allocated resources, increasing efficiency and reducing operational complexity.
OpenStack
OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.
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.
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
Yarn
Yarn caches every package it downloads so it never needs to again. It also parallelizes operations to maximize resource utilization so install times are faster than ever.
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Reviews of Apache Mesos and Rancher
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  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 Apache Mesos and Rancher
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Ralic Lo uses Apache MesosApache Mesos

Built Mesos master/slave as a cluster among serveral cloud service providers, such as Amazon web services, Google cloud engine, Joyent Elastic Container, and AliCloud, and also personal desktop.

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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).

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sapslaj uses RancherRancher

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

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InsideSales.com uses RancherRancher

We use Rancher for container orchestration and automated deployment pipelines.

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Robert Hao uses Apache MesosApache Mesos

Bamboo + Marathon + Mesos (+ Docker) => awesome tool set to building PaaS.

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BrainFinance uses Apache MesosApache Mesos

As a part of big data machine learning stack (SMACK).

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Dave Woolfenden uses RancherRancher

Enterprise-grade Kubernetes Distribution

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Shiqiang Yu uses RancherRancher

Pull from CI/CD for live demo

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