Serf vs. SkyDNS vs. SmartStack

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What is Serf?

Serf is a service discovery and orchestration tool that is decentralized, highly available, and fault tolerant. Serf runs on every major platform: Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It is extremely lightweight: it uses 5 to 10 MB of resident memory and primarily communicates using infrequent UDP messages.

What is SkyDNS?

SkyDNS is a distributed service for announcement and discovery of services. It leverages Raft for high-availability and consensus, and utilizes DNS queries to discover available services. This is done by leveraging SRV records in DNS, with special meaning given to subdomains, priorities and weights (more info here:

What is SmartStack?

Scaling a web infrastructure requires services, and building a service-oriented infrastructure is hard. Make it EASY, with SmartStack’s automated, transparent service discovery and registration: cruise control for your distributed infrastructure.


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What are the cons of using Serf?
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What are the cons of using SmartStack?
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What companies use Serf?
4 companies on StackShare use Serf
What companies use SkyDNS?
1 companies on StackShare use SkyDNS
What companies use SmartStack?
3 companies on StackShare use SmartStack


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What tools integrate with SmartStack?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with SmartStack

What are some alternatives to Serf, SkyDNS, and SmartStack?

  • Consul - A tool for service discovery, monitoring and configuration
  • Zookeeper - Because coordinating distributed systems is a Zoo
  • etcd - A distributed consistent key-value store for shared configuration and service discovery
  • Eureka - AWS Service registry for resilient mid-tier load balancing and failover.

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