Ansible vs Docker


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Ansible
Ansible is the simplest way to automate IT. Automate in hours - not weeks - with Ansible's human-readable IT automation language. Ansible uses SSH instead of agents. More efficient, more secure and less to manage. App deployment, configuration management and orchestration - all from one system.
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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 Ansible 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 Ansible 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 Ansible

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)
- Red Hat acquires IT automation startup Ansible (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 Ansible (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Ansible and Docker meet head to head:

2015 - Docker raised $95M to fuel its cloud container platform to take on Ansible


Docker, the company that pushed the recent enthusiasm for containers two years ago, has raised another $95 million. Docker decided to raise this round to make sure it can address enterprise demand going forward. He cited a recent Enterprise Technology Report that surveyed 685 enterprise CIOs. Among the respondents, Docker recorded the strongest buying intention score the researchers recorded in the six years they’ve run this survey. Messina also noted that about 50 percent of the companies in the current Docker Hub beta are Fortune 100 companies. Currently, Docker is investing heavily in its go-to-market strategy, but also in the technology stack where it plans to expand the platform’s capabilities with a focus on networking, security and storage tools around its service.