Jenkins vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?
Jenkins: An extendable open source continuous integration server. In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project; Kubernetes: Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops. 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.
Jenkins and Kubernetes are primarily classified as "Continuous Integration" and "Container" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Jenkins are:
- Easy installation
- Easy configuration
- Change set support
On the other hand, Kubernetes provides the following key features:
- Lightweight, simple and accessible
- Built for a multi-cloud world, public, private or hybrid
- Highly modular, designed so that all of its components are easily swappable
"Hosted internally", "Free open source" and "Great to build, deploy or launch anything async" are the key factors why developers consider Jenkins; whereas "Leading docker container management solution", "Simple and powerful" and "Open source" are the primary reasons why Kubernetes is favored.
Jenkins and Kubernetes are both open source tools. Kubernetes with 55K GitHub stars and 19.1K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Jenkins with 13.3K GitHub stars and 5.48K GitHub forks.
Facebook, Netflix, and Instacart are some of the popular companies that use Jenkins, whereas Kubernetes is used by Google, Slack, and Shopify. Jenkins has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1774 company stacks & 1526 developers stacks; compared to Kubernetes, which is listed in 1046 company stacks and 1096 developer stacks.
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