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OpenStack vs Vagrant: What are the differences?

Developers describe OpenStack as "Open source software for building private and public clouds". OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface. On the other hand, Vagrant is detailed as "A tool for building and distributing development environments". Vagrant provides the framework and configuration format to create and manage complete portable development environments. These development environments can live on your computer or in the cloud, and are portable between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

OpenStack belongs to "Open Source Cloud" category of the tech stack, while Vagrant can be primarily classified under "Virtual Machine Management".

Some of the features offered by OpenStack are:

  • Compute
  • Storage
  • Networking

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

  • Boxes
  • Up And SSH
  • Synced Folders

"Private cloud" is the top reason why over 35 developers like OpenStack, while over 354 developers mention "Development environments" as the leading cause for choosing Vagrant.

Vagrant is an open source tool with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.74K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Vagrant's open source repository on GitHub.

Shopify, SendGrid, and Starbucks are some of the popular companies that use Vagrant, whereas OpenStack is used by PayPal, HubSpot, and Wikipedia. Vagrant has a broader approval, being mentioned in 802 company stacks & 475 developers stacks; compared to OpenStack, which is listed in 66 company stacks and 50 developer stacks.

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Pros of OpenStack
Pros of Vagrant
  • 45
    Private cloud
  • 36
    Avoid vendor lock-in
  • 19
    Flexible in use
  • 5
    Industry leader
  • 3
    Supported by many companies in top500
  • 2
    Robust architecture
  • 352
    Development environments
  • 291
    Simple bootstraping
  • 238
    Free
  • 139
    Boxes
  • 132
    Provisioning
  • 84
    Portable
  • 81
    Synced folders
  • 69
    Reproducible
  • 51
    Ssh
  • 44
    Very flexible
  • 5
    Works well, can be replicated easily with other devs
  • 5
    Easy-to-share, easy-to-version dev configuration
  • 3
    Great
  • 2
    Quick way to get running
  • 2
    Just works
  • 1
    What is vagrant?
  • 1
    Container Friendly
  • 1
    DRY - "Do Not Repeat Yourself"
  • 1
    Good documentation

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Cons of OpenStack
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    • 2
      Can become v complex w prod. provisioner (Salt, etc.)
    • 2
      Multiple VMs quickly eat up disk space
    • 1
      Development environment that kills your battery

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    What is OpenStack?

    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

    What is Vagrant?

    Vagrant provides the framework and configuration format to create and manage complete portable development environments. These development environments can live on your computer or in the cloud, and are portable between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

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    What are some alternatives to OpenStack and Vagrant?
    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.
    Cloud Foundry
    Cloud Foundry is an open platform as a service (PaaS) that provides a choice of clouds, developer frameworks, and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy, and scale applications.
    Kubernetes
    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.
    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
    KVM
    KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
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