Docker Alternatives and Other Types of Container Tools

Containers are an important aspect of the future of technology, but there are other ways to have isolated processes. This blog post will discuss Docker alternatives and container tools that can be used in different environments. Container technologies offer a lot for businesses that want to do more with less. They can provide isolation in development, staging, testing, or production use cases in order to maximize efficiency and minimize risk.

How is Docker different from other container technologies?

Docker containers are created using a docker run command. They can be stopped and started, just like any other process on the system. When you create a container, Docker creates a set of images that represent the state of your application now. If you make changes to the code or configuration, Docker will update the image and push it out to all nodes running that container.

This is different from alternatives such as LXC or system-spawn, which require creating an entire filesystem tree, including binaries and libraries. With Docker, only the application files needed to run are included in the container. This makes creating and managing containers much easier than with other technologies.

What is some alternative container?

There are several different types of docker alternatives, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.


Kubernetes is a system for managing containers at scale. It provides APIs that allow you to create, manage, and delete containers as well as track the resources they use. Kubernetes can be used on-premises or in the cloud and integrates with a variety of different storage solutions.

Artifactory Docker Registry

The JFrog Artifactory Docker Registry is a secure and private registry for Docker images. It can be used as a standalone registry or integrated with your existing Artifactory installation. The integration provides added benefits such as image replication and caching security features, and more.

LXC (Linux)

LXC is an operating-system-level virtualization tool for running multiple isolated Linux systems (containers) on a control host using a single Linux kernel. It does not use any additional resources, such as CPU or memory, but reuses the existing ones more efficiently and only isolates the processes in system call interfaces.

OCI (Open Container Initiative) Runtime Specification

The Open Containers Initiative (OCI), part of the cloud native computing foundation (CNCF) and cloud native architecture, provides industry standards around container formats and runtime to facilitate portability across platforms. The OCI Runtime Specification details how software components should interact with each other within your application’s environment at runtime so that you can build tools without worrying about compatibility issues between different runtimes, container engines, and orchestration solutions.

Hyper-V and Windows Containers

Hyper-V is a virtualization technology from Microsoft. It uses hardware support for creating and running VMs, which can be used as sandboxes or to run applications in isolation. Windows Containers provide the option of using both Hyper-V containers and application containers that use just a standard installation without any additional software requirements on the host system besides Docker itself. 

rkt (works with Kubernetes)

rkt is a CLI for running App Containers. It works with the Kubernetes container cluster manager but can also be used standalone or in combination with other orchestration tools like Docker Swarm and Mesos. rkt implements an open standard called OCI (Open Container Initiative), which means it can run containers built by any tool that follows this standard.

Podman (open-source container engine)

Podman is an open-source container engine that’s similar to Docker but without the Daemon. It can be used as a drop-in replacement for Docker and has many of the same features, including support for images, containers, volumes, networking, and more. Podman also implements the OCI standard so it can run containers built by any tool that follows this standard.

Containerd (a container runtime)

Containerd is a container runtime that Docker and Google initially developed. It’s designed to be a more lightweight and efficient alternative to Docker, with fewer features but better performance. Containerd is also open source and implements the OCI standard, so it can run containers built by any tool that follows this standard.

These are just a few examples of different types of container technologies available. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so choosing the right one for your specific needs is important. Contact us today for more information on choosing the right container technology for your business!

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