Docker vs VMware vSphere


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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.
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VMware vSphere
Build your own cloud infrastructure in your datacenter and remote sites on VMware vSphere the world’s leading server virtualization platform. Virtualize your x86 server resources and aggregate them into logical pools for allocation of multiple workloads. Get network services optimized for the virtual environment, along with simplified administration and management. Reduce the complexity of back-end storage systems and enable the most efficient storage utilization in cloud infrastructures.
Comparing Docker vs VMware vSphere 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 VMware vSphere has more user-friendly interface than Docker 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 VMware vSphere

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)
- 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)
- Microsoft and Docker team up to make containers play nice on Windows Server and Azure (in 2014)

Looks like Docker was recently more active than VMware vSphere (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Docker and VMware vSphere meet head to head:

2014 - Docker acquires testing-centric startup Koality to defeate VMware vSphere


Cloud container platform Docker bought a small startup Koality, that the company feels fits in nicely with its focus on making application development easier with containers. Koality  specializes in a development practice known as continuous integration (CI), which calls for consistent testing to a codebase to ensure stable software that doesn’t fall apart when it goes live. The acquisition makes sense for Docker as Koality’s CI tool can help developers create consistent and error-prone code across multiple cloud servers.