Chef vs Docker


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Chef
Chef turns infrastructure into code. With Chef, you can automate how you build, deploy, and manage your infrastructure. Your infrastructure becomes as versionable, testable, and repeatable as application code. Chef relies on reusable definitions known as recipes to automate infrastructure tasks. Examples of recipes are instructions for configuring web servers, databases and load balancers. Together, recipes describe what your infrastructure consists of and how each part of your infrastructure should be deployed, configured and managed.
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Docker
Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. As a result, IT can ship faster and run the same app, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs, and any cloud.
Comparing Chef vs Docker is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Docker has more user-friendly interface than Chef because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Docker is more popular than Chef

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Docker offers native Kubernetes support (in 2017)
- Microsoft expands its support for Docker containers (in 2016)
- Docker acquired cloud infrastructure startup Unikernel Systems (in 2016)
- Docker adds new security tools for containers (in 2015)
- Cloud management platform Chef beefs up compliance and security (in 2015)
- Docker acquired container hosting service Tutum (in 2015)
- Docker makes containers more portable, wants to develop Common Container Standard (in 2015)
- Docker raised $95M to fuel its cloud container platform (in 2015)
- Docker launches its first commercial product (in 2014)
- Microsoft puts Docker on Windows desktops (in 2014)

Looks like Docker was recently more active than Chef (at least in our news).