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Flynn vs OpenShift: What are the differences?

Flynn: Next generation open source platform as a service. Flynn lets you deploy apps with git push and containers. Developers can deploy any app to any cluster in seconds; OpenShift: Red Hat's free Platform as a Service (PaaS) for hosting Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, Node.js, and Perl apps. 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.

Flynn and OpenShift can be primarily classified as "Platform as a Service" tools.

Some of the features offered by Flynn are:

  • Flynn goes beyond 12 factor apps. Run any Linux process written in any language or framework, even stateful apps on your own servers or any public cloud.
  • Scaling or adding a new cluster is simple: just add more nodes. Everything is containerized, Flynn takes care of distributing work across the cluster.
  • Flynn is 100% free and open source. Flynn works great out of the box, and since Flynn is modular and API-driven it's easy to modify and swap components to suit your needs.

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

  • Built-in support for Node.js, Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, and Java (the standard in today's Enterprise)
  • OpenShift is extensible with a customizable cartridge functionality that allows developers to add any other language they wish. We've seen everything from Clojure to Cobol running on OpenShift.
  • OpenShift supports frameworks ranging from Spring, to Rails, to Play

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Flynn over the competitors, whereas "Good free plan" was stated as the key factor in picking OpenShift.

Flynn and OpenShift are both open source tools. It seems that Flynn with 7.24K GitHub stars and 534 forks on GitHub has more adoption than OpenShift with 915 GitHub stars and 563 GitHub forks.

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Pros of Flynn
Pros of Red Hat OpenShift
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    Free
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    Supports few types of containers:libvirt-lxc, docker
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    PostgreSQL HA
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    Easy setup
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    12-factor methodology
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    Good free plan
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    Open Source
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    Easy setup
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    Nodejs support
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    Well documented
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    Custom domains
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    Mongodb support
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    Clean and simple architecture
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    PHP support
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    Customizable environments
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    Ability to run CRON jobs
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    Easier than Heroku for a WordPress blog
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    Easy deployment
  • 6
    Good balance between Heroku and AWS for flexibility
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    PostgreSQL support
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    Autoscaling
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    Free, Easy Setup, Lot of Gear or D.I.Y Gear
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    Shell access to gears
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    Great Support
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    High Security
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    Meteor support
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    Overly complicated and over engineered in majority of e
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    Golang support
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    Its free and offer custom domain usage
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    This is the only free one among the three as of today
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    No credit card needed
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    because it is easy to manage
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    Logging & Metrics
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    Autoscaling at a good price point
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    Great free plan with excellent support
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    Easy setup and great customer support

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Cons of Flynn
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      Decisions are made for you, limiting your options
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      License cost
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      Behind, sometimes severely, the upstreams

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    What is Flynn?

    Flynn lets you deploy apps with git push and containers. Developers can deploy any app to any cluster in seconds.

    What is Red Hat 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.

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