Linux Containers LXD vs. Portainer

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
LXD
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
LXD is a system container and virtual machine manager. It offers a unified user experience around full Linux systems running inside containers or virtual machines. LXD is image based and provides images for a wide number of Linux distributions. It supports various use cases, with support for different storage backends and network types and the option to install on hardware ranging from an individual laptop or cloud instance to a full server rack. LXD is written in Go. It is free software…N/A
Portainer
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
Portainer is a centralized container management platform for containerized apps and IoT device management. It helps accelerate container adoption and reduce time-to-value on Kubernetes, Docker, and Swarm with a management portal, allowing users to deliver and manage containerized applications from the data center to the edge. Portainer helps - Reduce the operational complexity associated with multi-cluster management Bridge the skills gap and facilitate feature…
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Pricing
Linux Containers LXDPortainer
Editions & Modules
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Portainer Business - 3 Nodes Free
$0
Home & Student
$149
per year
Starter
$995
per year
Professional
$2995
per year
Enterprise
Contact Sales for Pricing
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
LXDPortainer
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Linux Containers LXDPortainer
Considered Both Products
LXD

No answer on this topic

Portainer
Chose Portainer
Portainer is, in my opinion, the most accessible and straight-forward means of entering the world of deploying and managing containers while also maintaining the ability to progress into advanced professional deployments and use.
Chose Portainer
None other so far.
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Top Cons

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Features
Linux Containers LXDPortainer
Container Management
Comparison of Container Management features of Product A and Product B
Linux Containers LXD
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Ratings
Portainer
7.8
83 Ratings
0% below category average
Security and Isolation00 Ratings8.079 Ratings
Cluster Management00 Ratings8.271 Ratings
Storage Management00 Ratings7.570 Ratings
Resource Allocation and Optimization00 Ratings7.774 Ratings
Discovery Tools00 Ratings7.764 Ratings
Analytics, Monitoring, and Logging00 Ratings7.580 Ratings
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Medium-sized Companies
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
Linux Containers LXDPortainer
Likelihood to Recommend
6.4
(2 ratings)
8.8
(83 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Linux Containers LXDPortainer
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
Linux Containers LXD works very well when you, as a software developer using Linux, need to spin up a development environment to build and work on a specific piece of software. For example, you need to build some software that is tested and developed target Ubuntu 18.04. You're able to quickly create a container for Ubuntu 18.04 and log into it to run commands and build your software. This is easier to do than setting a virtual machine - e.g - via Virtual Box, but is a lot clunkier than doing it via Docker containers which give you a much more flexible configuration of the environment and are easier to start, stop, connect and share with other developers.
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Portainer
We do have a couple of users who are new to Docker and the Linus shell environment. Portainer makes it easy for them to quickly deploy stacks of containers with its web editor to configure docker-compose files with an easy-to-use GUI. Not only does this save time, but it also encourages new users to interact more positively with Docker and Portainer in general.
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Pros
Open Source
  • GIT repositories.
  • Authentication servers.
  • Application instances.
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Portainer
  • Separating server maintenance with application development, providing a clear user interface for developers who don't want to worry about the underlying server.
  • RBAC for container deployment linked to a SAML IDP, not something particularly easy in a native Docker instance but point and shoot in Portainer, allowing the use of Azure / Okta etc to provide user access.
  • Image management with multiple repositories is super clear and reduces incidents
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Cons
Open Source
  • Ease of use.
  • Copying containers from one machine to another.
  • Creation of containers with config files similar to Docker.
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Portainer
  • When setting up static IPs for a new container, having the used ones for a specific network at hand would be cool or something like a mini IPAM of some sort...
  • Using the developertools to see "oh, it's a 40x or 500" when something doesn't seem to load because the ui just states "Didn't work" is kinda annoying. expandable toasts or something would be nice.
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Likelihood to Renew
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Portainer
It is an excellent tool.
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Usability
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Portainer
The usability is one of the strongest feature sets of the product. Again, has allowed us to up-skill/re-skill with minimal training or downtime.
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Support Rating
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Portainer
One of their staff members jumped on a video call immediately with me and led me through the problem and solution during a quick session of screen sharing. In this day and age that is above and beyond, especially when it comes to software. It took approximately 5-10 minutes to diagnose and fix, including pleasantries!
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Implementation Rating
Open Source
No answers on this topic
Portainer
It is really easy. Just follow the documentation.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
Linux Containers LXD feels like a more primitive version of docker, docker-compose and similar projects from the docker ecosystem. The Dockerfile and docker-compose.yml methods of specifying a container setup, as well as the network and file configurations afforded by Docker make working with containers much easier and more reproducible than with Linux Containers LXD.
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Portainer
I am using Rancher in Kubernetes environments. It was really the first product I used with it and never really had time to test out how well Portainer behaves on Kubernetes. For the exact same thing - Docker Swarm management I used Swarmpit some time ago, but I like Portainer better, even though Swarmpit has better cluster visualization then Portainer. Portainer 5 node business edition is really a big plus for me, since it has some really nice features.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • Save workload.
  • Save time.
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Portainer
  • Increased productivity: Portainer's user-friendly interface and streamlined container management can help increase the productivity of IT teams.
  • Cost savings: By simplifying container management, Portainer can help reduce the time and resources required to manage container environments, potentially leading to cost savings.
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