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Which orchestrator are you referring to? System Center in no way competes with kubernetes since it's lacking 90% of the features. Maybe I'm bad at googling, but I can't find what you're referring to.

Edit: I see the one you're referring to in that link, but again, it's not at all a comparison with kubernetes. It's easy at face value to say this one is better, but it's missing the point of kubernetes, which is extensibility, following standards, etc.

They linked it. Service Fabric.

> Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform for packaging, deploying, and managing stateless and stateful distributed applications and containers at large scale.


If you Google it you'll find several comparisons to k8s and others.

I looked into this a while back, and Service Fabric was a clear winner over k8s, and resource use was a fraction of k8s too.

But, I felt it needed to gain community traction before I could commit to using it - knowing my luck, I'd build something and Microsoft would abandon it because k8s...

Kind of a chicken and egg problem, which is a shame really.

No, it was a clear winner for your use case. It's missing a significant amount of features from k8s, though, and if you don't need those, then great. But don't pretend they're comparable.

I think it's more fair to say the suit different use cases (an MS person on HN explicitly said this last year), rather than competing.

As I remember it, it was a clear winner with no caveats. But my memory is shit, so there is that.

What features do you believe it's missing?

Custom scheduler, a declarative API, the estimated of custom resources, many different filesystems natively supported, etc

By "scheduler", do you mean as in "decides which nodes to run on"?

You can build Service Fabric manifests with XML.

Yes, but from what I can tell in their documentation you cannot make the same level of decisions that you can with kubernetes.

RE your edit, Service Fabric came out well before any standards existed.

>following standards

What standards?


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