Monthly Archives: February 2018

Kubernetes Resource Management Compared To Docker Swarm Equivalent

This article is part of the series that compare Kubernetes and Docker Swarm features.

Resource management can be divided into a few categories. We need to define how much memory and CPU we except a container will use and what are the limits. This information is crucial for a scheduler to make “intelligent” decisions when calculating where to place containers. In this aspect, there is no essential difference between Kubernetes and Docker Swarm. Both are using requested resources to decide where to deploy containers and limits when to evict them. Both of them are, more or less, the same in this aspect.
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Kubernetes RBAC Compared To Docker Swarm RBAC

This article is part of the series that compare Kubernetes and Docker Swarm features.

Docker has RBAC. Just as Kubernetes, it is organized around subjects, roles, and resource collections. In many aspects, both provide a very similar set of features. Should we quickly declare it a tie?

There is one crucial difference between Kubernetes RBAC and the one provided by Docker. The latter is not free. You’d need to purchase Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) to secure your cluster beyond “only those with the certificate can access it.” If you do have Docker EE, you already made up your mind, and the discussion whether to use one or the other is over. Docker EE is great, and soon it will work not only with Swarm but also with Kubernetes. You bought it, and there’s not much reason to switch to something else. However, this comparison focuses on what open source core versions can offer. It ignores third party and enterprise additions.
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