Azure Service Fabric vs Docker: What are the differences?
What is Azure Service Fabric? Distributed systems platform that simplifies build, package, deploy, and management of scalable microservices apps. Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices. Service Fabric addresses the significant challenges in developing and managing cloud apps.
What is Docker? Enterprise Container Platform for High-Velocity Innovation. 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.
Azure Service Fabric belongs to "Microservices Tools" category of the tech stack, while Docker can be primarily classified under "Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers".
Some of the features offered by Azure Service Fabric are:
- Simplify microservices development and application lifecycle management
- Reliably scale and orchestrate containers and microservices
- Data-aware platform for low-latency, high-throughput workloads with stateful containers or microservices
On the other hand, Docker provides the following key features:
- Integrated developer tools
- open, portable images
- shareable, reusable apps
Azure Service Fabric and Docker are both open source tools. It seems that Docker with 54K GitHub stars and 15.6K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Azure Service Fabric with 2.57K GitHub stars and 304 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Docker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3527 company stacks & 3449 developers stacks; compared to Azure Service Fabric, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.
lxd/lxc and Docker aren't congruent so this comparison needs a more detailed look; but in short I can say: the lxd-integrated administration of storage including zfs with its snapshot capabilities as well as the system container (multi-process) approach of lxc vs. the limited single-process container approach of Docker is the main reason I chose lxd over Docker.
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