Rancher vs Tutum: What are the differences?
What is Rancher? 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.
What is Tutum? Build, deploy, monitor, and scale Docker containers. Tutum lets developers easily manage and run lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. AWS-like control, Heroku-like ease. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop can run at scale in Tutum.
Rancher and Tutum can be categorized as "Container" tools.
Some of the features offered by Rancher are:
- Manage Hosts, Deploy Containers, Monitor Resources
- User Management & Collaboration
- Native Docker APIs & Tools
On the other hand, Tutum provides the following key features:
- Deploy from Docker Hub
- Free private Docker registry
- CLI Tool
"Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider Rancher over the competitors, whereas "Awesome user interface" was stated as the key factor in picking Tutum.
Rancher is an open source tool with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.34K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Rancher's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Rancher has a broader approval, being mentioned in 89 company stacks & 37 developers stacks; compared to Tutum, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.
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We were looking for a solution to run Docker containers on a PaaS platform, without the need to manage everything by yourself. Before Tutum, there were exactly two options: Either run Docker on an IaaS for yourself, or use a PaaS without Docker. Both are not satisfying.
Enter Tutum: Tutum offers all the PaaS-like flexibility and comfort, but for Docker containers. This basically means that you create a Docker container, push it to Tutum, and then say: Now scale this container and use 5 instances instead of 1. And it just works.
Scale down again? Works either. Link containers to others? Works. Working with custom domains and CNAMEs? Works, too. And so on and so on…
In the end, it comes down to: Push a container, set the constraints, and let Tutum do the rest.
For anyone who is looking for a reliable, affordable and easy-to-use PaaS-like solution, but for Docker containers, Tutum IMHO is absolutely the way to go :-).
And, one more thing: They have awesome support - simply drop them a line, and they'll take care of you - fast, friendly, helpful. That's the way it should be.
Hence, to summarize, I can only recommend Tutum to anyone :-).
One of the things that take more time when you are creating an application is the environments setup. By using Tutum, we can delegate the heavy work related to servers and focus in our business. The interface is very intuitive and allows you to quickly manage your servers. I highly recommend Tutum for anyone who doesn't want to waste time in complicated server configurations.
- Consume too much unnecessary resource by just running rancher agent alone;
- Hard to recover from system failure
- Bad performance of load balancing (compare to dokcer swarm built-in LB or others).
I'm newbie about using Docker. But now I use DaaS for my blog. Tutum's UI/UX is awesome. Look & feel is simple, and support is very friendly and high quality.
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).
Currently looking to move to Swarm or Kubernetes due to a few issues I have with Rancher.
Every microservices is wrapped in a Docker container. We use Tutum to deploy on EC2.
We use Rancher for container orchestration and automated deployment pipelines.