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Compose vs Docker: What are the differences?

Compose: We host databases for busy devs: production-ready, cloud-hosted, open source. Compose makes it easy to spin up multiple open source databases with just one click. Deploy MongoDB for production, take Redis out for a performance test drive, or spin up RethinkDB in development before rolling it out to production; 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.

Compose can be classified as a tool in the "MongoDB Hosting" category, while Docker is grouped under "Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers".

Some of the features offered by Compose are:

  • One click, production-ready, cloud hosted MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL and RethinkDB, with additional databases in beta.

Every deployment features: database autoscaling based on data size usage - private VLAN, IP whitelisting, SSL, full-stack monitoring, custom alerts - HA and fault tolerance with automatic failover

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

  • Integrated developer tools
  • open, portable images
  • shareable, reusable apps

"Simple to set up" is the primary reason why developers consider Compose over the competitors, whereas "Rapid integration and build up" was stated as the key factor in picking Docker.

Docker is an open source tool with 54K GitHub stars and 15.6K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Docker's open source repository on GitHub.

Spotify, Pinterest, and Twitter are some of the popular companies that use Docker, whereas Compose is used by Accenture, Artsy, and FashionUnited. Docker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3527 company stacks & 3449 developers stacks; compared to Compose, which is listed in 82 company stacks and 19 developer stacks.

Decisions about Compose and Docker
Florian Sager
IT DevOp at Agitos GmbH · | 2 upvotes · 221.3K views
Chose
LXDLXD
over
DockerDocker

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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Pros of Compose
Pros of Docker
  • 42
    Simple to set up
  • 32
    One-click mongodb
  • 29
    Automated Backups
  • 23
    Designed to scale
  • 21
    Easy interface
  • 13
    Fast and Simple
  • 10
    Real-Time Monitoring
  • 7
    Fastest MongoDB Available
  • 6
    Great Design
  • 6
    REST API
  • 4
    Easy to set up
  • 3
    Free for testing
  • 3
    Geospatial support
  • 2
    Elasticsearch
  • 2
    Heroku Add-on
  • 1
    Automated Health Checks
  • 1
    Email Support
  • 1
    Query Logs
  • 821
    Rapid integration and build up
  • 688
    Isolation
  • 517
    Open source
  • 505
    Testa­bil­i­ty and re­pro­ducibil­i­ty
  • 459
    Lightweight
  • 217
    Standardization
  • 182
    Scalable
  • 105
    Upgrading / down­grad­ing / ap­pli­ca­tion versions
  • 86
    Security
  • 84
    Private paas environments
  • 33
    Portability
  • 25
    Limit resource usage
  • 15
    I love the way docker has changed virtualization
  • 15
    Game changer
  • 12
    Fast
  • 11
    Concurrency
  • 7
    Docker's Compose tools
  • 4
    Because its fun
  • 4
    Easy setup
  • 4
    Fast and Portable
  • 3
    Makes shipping to production very simple
  • 2
    It's dope
  • 1
    Very easy to setup integrate and build
  • 1
    Does a nice job hogging memory
  • 1
    Package the environment with the application
  • 1
    Open source and highly configurable
  • 1
    Simplicity, isolation, resource effective
  • 1
    Highly useful
  • 1
    MacOS support FAKE
  • 1
    Its cool
  • 1
    Docker hub for the FTW
  • 1
    HIgh Throughput

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Cons of Compose
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    • 7
      New versions == broken features
    • 5
      Unreliable networking
    • 5
      Documentation not always in sync
    • 3
      Moves quickly
    • 2
      Not Secure

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    What is Compose?

    Compose makes it easy to spin up multiple open source databases with just one click. Deploy MongoDB for production, take Redis out for a performance test drive, or spin up RethinkDB in development before rolling it out to production.

    What is 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

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