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Rancher vs Spinnaker: What are the differences?

Developers describe Rancher as "Open Source Platform for Running a Private Container Service". Rancher is an open source container management platform that includes full distributions of Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm, and makes it simple to operate container clusters on any cloud or infrastructure platform. On the other hand, Spinnaker is detailed as "Multi-cloud continuous delivery platform for releasing software changes with high velocity and confidence". Created at Netflix, it has been battle-tested in production by hundreds of teams over millions of deployments. It combines a powerful and flexible pipeline management system with integrations to the major cloud providers.

Rancher and Spinnaker are primarily classified as "Container" and "Continuous Deployment" tools respectively.

Rancher and Spinnaker are both open source tools. Rancher with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.34K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Spinnaker with 6.27K GitHub stars and 902 GitHub forks.

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Pros of Rancher
Pros of Spinnaker
  • 103
    Easy to use
  • 79
    Open source and totally free
  • 63
    Multi-host docker-compose support
  • 58
    Load balancing and health check included
  • 58
    Simple
  • 44
    Rolling upgrades, green/blue upgrades feature
  • 42
    Dns and service discovery out-of-the-box
  • 37
    Only requires docker
  • 34
    Multitenant and permission management
  • 29
    Easy to use and feature rich
  • 11
    Cross cloud compatible
  • 11
    Does everything needed for a docker infrastructure
  • 8
    Simple and powerful
  • 8
    Next-gen platform
  • 7
    Very Docker-friendly
  • 6
    Support Kubernetes and Swarm
  • 6
    Application catalogs with stack templates (wizards)
  • 6
    Supports Apache Mesos, Docker Swarm, and Kubernetes
  • 6
    Rolling and blue/green upgrades deployments
  • 6
    High Availability service: keeps your app up 24/7
  • 5
    Easy to use service catalog
  • 4
    Very intuitive UI
  • 4
    IaaS-vendor independent, supports hybrid/multi-cloud
  • 4
    Awesome support
  • 3
    Scalable
  • 2
    Requires less infrastructure requirements
  • 9
    Mature

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Cons of Rancher
Cons of Spinnaker
  • 7
    Hosting Rancher can be complicated
  • 2
    No GitOps
  • 1
    Configuration time
  • 1
    Management overhead
  • 1
    Ease of use

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What is Rancher?

Rancher is an open source container management platform that includes full distributions of Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm, and makes it simple to operate container clusters on any cloud or infrastructure platform.

What is Spinnaker?

Created at Netflix, it has been battle-tested in production by hundreds of teams over millions of deployments. It combines a powerful and flexible pipeline management system with integrations to the major cloud providers.

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What are some alternatives to Rancher and Spinnaker?
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.
DC/OS
Unlike traditional operating systems, DC/OS spans multiple machines within a network, aggregating their resources to maximize utilization by distributed applications.
Portainer
It is a universal container management tool. It works with Kubernetes, Docker, Docker Swarm and Azure ACI. It allows you to manage containers without needing to know platform-specific code.
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
Helm
Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.
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Reviews of Rancher and Spinnaker
Michigan Technological University
Review of
Rancher
  1. Consume too much unnecessary resource by just running rancher agent alone;
  2. Hard to recover from system failure
  3. Bad performance of load balancing (compare to dokcer swarm built-in LB or others).
How developers use Rancher and Spinnaker
etlweather uses
Rancher

The whole infrastructure is managed through Rancher. It provides a simple interface to all the underlying tools - Docker, HAProxy (automatically configures load balancer from the containers).

sapslaj uses
Rancher

Currently looking to move to Swarm or Kubernetes due to a few issues I have with Rancher.

InsideSales.com uses
Rancher

We use Rancher for container orchestration and automated deployment pipelines.

Dave Woolfenden uses
Rancher

Enterprise-grade Kubernetes Distribution

Shiqiang Yu uses
Rancher

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