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OpenStack vs Rancher: What are the differences?

Developers describe OpenStack as "Open source software for building private and public clouds". 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. On the other hand, Rancher is detailed as "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.

OpenStack belongs to "Open Source Cloud" category of the tech stack, while Rancher can be primarily classified under "Container Tools".

Some of the features offered by OpenStack are:

  • Compute
  • Storage
  • Networking

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

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

"Private cloud" is the top reason why over 35 developers like OpenStack, 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 & 35 developers stacks; compared to OpenStack, which is listed in 67 company stacks and 50 developer stacks.

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What is 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.

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 OpenStack and Rancher?
    OpenShift
    OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.
    Cloud Foundry
    Cloud Foundry is an open platform as a service (PaaS) that provides a choice of clouds, developer frameworks, and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy, and scale applications.
    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 β€” from legacy to what comes next β€” and securely run them anywhere
    Apache CloudStack
    It is open source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform.
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    Reviews of OpenStack and Rancher
    Avatar of gonuts
    Michigan Technological University
    Review ofRancherRancher
    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 OpenStack and Rancher
    Avatar of etlweather
    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).

    Avatar of STILLWATER SUPERCOMPUTING INC
    STILLWATER SUPERCOMPUTING INC uses OpenStackOpenStack

    IaaS for our core private cloud, and with AWS, HP Helion, and Rackspace to burst to public clouds to create a multi-sourced hybrid cloud setup.

    Avatar of sapslaj
    sapslaj uses RancherRancher

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

    Avatar of Yechan Kim
    Yechan Kim uses OpenStackOpenStack

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    Avatar of Ataccama
    Ataccama uses RancherRancher

    Orchestration of containers for our environments. Remote deployment from Jenkins.

    Avatar of InsideSales.com
    InsideSales.com uses RancherRancher

    We use Rancher for container orchestration and automated deployment pipelines.

    Avatar of SHOUTca.st
    SHOUTca.st uses OpenStackOpenStack

    Used for object storage + public cloud for a few machines

    Avatar of Dave Woolfenden
    Dave Woolfenden uses RancherRancher

    Enterprise-grade Kubernetes Distribution

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