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ADOPT?

We have moved Consul, the service-discovery tool supporting both DNS- and HTTP-based discovery mechanisms, into Adopt. It goes beyond other discovery tools by providing customizable health checks for registered services, ensuring that unhealthy instances are marked accordingly. More tools have emerged to work with Consul to make it even more powerful. Consul Template enables configuration files to be populated with information from Consul, making things like client-side load balancing using mod_proxy much easier. In the world of Docker, registrator can automatically register Docker containers as they appear with Consul with extremely little effort, making it much easier to manage container-based setups. You should still think long and hard about whether you need a tool like this or whether something simpler will do, but if you decide you need service discovery, you won't go far wrong with Consul.

History for Consul

Nov 2016
Adopt?

We have moved Consul, the service-discovery tool supporting both DNS- and HTTP-based discovery mechanisms, into Adopt. It goes beyond other discovery tools by providing customizable health checks for registered services, ensuring that unhealthy instances are marked accordingly. More tools have emerged to work with Consul to make it even more powerful. Consul Template enables configuration files to be populated with information from Consul, making things like client-side load balancing using mod_proxy much easier. In the world of Docker, registrator can automatically register Docker containers as they appear with Consul with extremely little effort, making it much easier to manage container-based setups. You should still think long and hard about whether you need a tool like this or whether something simpler will do, but if you decide you need service discovery, you won't go far wrong with Consul.

Apr 2016
Adopt?
Nov 2015
Trial?

We continue to be impressed with Consul, a service discovery tool supporting both DNS and HTTP-based discovery mechanisms. It goes beyond other discovery tools by providing customizable health-checks for registered services, ensuring that unhealthy instances are marked accordingly. More tools have emerged to work with Consul to make it even more powerful. Consul Template enables configuration files to be populated with information from Consul, making things like client-side load balancing using mod_proxy much easier. In the world of Docker, registrator can automatically register docker containers as they appear with Consul with extremely little effort, making it much easier to manage container-based setups.

May 2015
Trial?
Jan 2015
Assess?

Consul makes it simple for services to register themselves and discover other services via DNS or HTTP. It scales automatically, with service look up locally or across data centers. Consul also provides a flexible key/value store for dynamic configuration, with notification of configuration changes. The internal gossip protocol used by Consul is powered by the Serf library, leveraging and building upon the membership and failure detection features.

Jul 2014
Assess?
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