Mesosphere vs Rancher: What are the differences?
What is Mesosphere? Combine your datacenter servers and cloud instances into one shared pool. 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.
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.
Mesosphere and Rancher are primarily classified as "Cluster Management" and "Container" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Mesosphere are:
- Built on top of open source technology
- Grow to tens of thousands of nodes effortlessly while dynamically allocating resources with ease.
- Mesosphere keeps your apps running by rebalancing resources and restarting failed tasks automatically.
On the other hand, Rancher provides the following key features:
- Manage Hosts, Deploy Containers, Monitor Resources
- User Management & Collaboration
- Native Docker APIs & Tools
"Devops" is the top reason why over 5 developers like Mesosphere, while over 89 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Rancher.
Rancher is an open source tool with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.34K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Rancher's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Rancher has a broader approval, being mentioned in 89 company stacks & 36 developers stacks; compared to Mesosphere, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 8 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).
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).
Mesosphere is used for Orchestration of Microservices for the applications which run all the business logic.
Currently looking to move to Swarm or Kubernetes due to a few issues I have with Rancher.
We use Rancher for container orchestration and automated deployment pipelines.