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Ujjawal Tyagi
Ujjawal Tyagi

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Docker alternative Podman on rise πŸš€: The Future of DevOps?

As a developer, I've long relied on Docker for its robust features and ease of use. However, with the emergence of Podman, a new player in the containerization arena, the landscape is shifting. In this article, I'll delve into my experiences with both Docker and Podman, highlighting their key differences, advantages, and potential impact on the future of DevOps.
Sit tight & explore!

What's wrong with Docker?

For years, Docker has been my go-to tool for containerizing applications. Its intuitive interface, extensive community support, and seamless integration with orchestration tools like Kubernetes have made it an indispensable part of my workflow. From developing microservices to deploying scalable applications, Docker has been my trusted companion.
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*But is it enough? *

What about:

  1. the root access you need everytime?
  2. the dependence on Daemon engine?
  3. Surface for attackers and vulnerabilities?

Podman: The New Kid on the Block

A container engine that promises a fresh perspective on containerization. Initially, I was skeptical about Podman's capabilities, especially given its lack of a dedicated desktop application and limited compatibility with orchestration tools. However, recent updates have transformed my perception.

Despite my allegiance to Docker, I couldn't ignore the buzz surrounding Podman. Intrigued by its security features, lightweight architecture, and rootless operation, I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, transitioning from Docker to Podman was smoother than expected.

docker vs podman

Is this transition worth?

Well, you don't have to worry about that as 99% of docker commands are same in Podman, all the docker or other container management tools are compatible with Podman Engine.

Security Matters:

One of Podman's standout features is its enhanced security model. Unlike Docker, which requires root access for container management, Podman operates in a rootless fashion, significantly reducing the attack surface and minimizing security risks. For organizations prioritizing security, Podman offers a compelling alternative.

Exploring Pods: Kubernetes Integration

While Docker's orchestration capabilities have long been lauded, Podman introduces a new concept: Pods. Similar to Kubernetes, Podman Pods allow multiple containers to share the same network, volume, and even Port mapping simplifying complex deployments and enabling seamless scaling.

The Future of Containerization

Whether you are team Docker or team Podman, one thing becomes clear: adaptability is key. Whether you're a seasoned Docker enthusiast or a curious newcomer, exploring the possibilities offered by Podman can lead to new insights, improved workflows, and enhanced security. In the dynamic world of DevOps, embracing innovation is not just a choiceβ€”it's a necessity.

Now, you've got everything you need to start your Podman journey.
There are more things to cover but that's a story for another time!

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Top comments (6)

codewithr0hit profile image

Sounds good ! Especially considering the compatibility, since the commands are almost identical, transitioning from Docker to Podman shouldn't pose any problems. I guess I'll give it a try. (Please provide some more technical information about Podman)

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Ujjawal Tyagi

Absolutely! I'll definitely explore it further. Thanks!

dpark profile image

Have also been seeing more traction with Podman with our users! Haven't dug into it myself but interesting to see the sentiment echoed. Looking forward to your deep dives

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Ujjawal Tyagi

Great to hear that you've been noticing more traction with Podman among your users! Excited to dive deeper and explore its potential together. Stay tuned for more insights and deep dives!

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Alexander Mattoni

It's not just podman - we've been seeing a lot of traction on our Kubernetes/Docker alternative @

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Ujjawal Tyagi

That's really cool! I will definitely try and who knows, I might publish a blog about it!