Features Comparison

Apcera Platform

A flexible development and deployment environment built on a single, consistent policy layer. Provides fine-grained control of resources, network and service access, software versions and locality.

The Apcera Platform provides out-of-the-box support for Docker images, as well as most workload types and infrastructures. With Apcera, you know what’s in your workload, where it runs and what resources are allocated for it, [ All With Trust ].

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Community Edition

The perfect way to explore modern application architectures or lightweight production apps. Secure and free. 


Enterprise Edition

Everything in Community Edition plus identity management integration, hybrid cloud support, high-availability and scalability.

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  Community Edition Enterprise Edition
Installation and Configuration    
Installation and Setup
Community Edition has a simple installation requiring only 3 VMs to install, 2 VMs to run
Command line self-service install Custom software setup & config
Install to Any Domain
Install to an Apcera provided sub-domain (apcera-platform.io) for quick evals
Runs on AWS, OpenStack, Azure, Google Compute Engine, VMware, VirtualBox
Out-of-the-box support for most infrastructures in both Community Edition and Enterprise Edition
Basic Authentication and Google OAuth2
Building Applications    
Default Database Support
MySQL, PostgreSQL, Memcached, Redis
Default Language Support
Java, Node.js, Golang, Ruby, Python, PHP
Container-Based Infrastructure, Including Docker
Out-of-the-box support for Docker images and other cloud native apps
Open API
Default Integration with External Services
S3, MySQL, Postgres, MongoDB, Memcached, Redis, and NFS.
Operations and Orchestration    
Out-of-the-Box "Deny Everything" Security Policy
Zero-risk deployment
Command Line Interface
Web management console
Context sensitive help
Supports most major integration tools
Easily integrate with the leading enterprise software tools for orchestration, integration, configuration management, for example: Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Jenkins, etc.
Security + Trust    
Governance and Policy
Robust policy controls and automated enforcement
"Out-of'-the-Box" Security
Ensure innovation, compliance and security
Web Console for policy management
Policy Enforcement for app resource usage
Set quotas for CPU, RAM, Disk, and Network I/O
Policy Enforcement on external services
Proxy through connections with ephemeral credentials
Policy Enforcement for security updates
Retire or disallow outdated package runtimes
No centrally shared tokens / credentials
Each container has their own
Semantic application intelligence
Admins can apply context rules linked to environment, service, or user
Policy Variables and Global Claims for management and scalability of policy
Production & Deployment    
Deploy workloads, including Docker, on public or private cloud
Single Cloud Multi-Cloud/Hybrid-Cloud
Unlimited Physical Nodes
Unlimited worker nodes included in Community Edition. Enterprise Edition includes unlimited central nodes.
Persistent Containers and Workloads
Enterprise Features    
Cluster Monitoring
Enterprise Edition includes Zabbix already configured for monitoring Apcera Platform components
Deploy workloads on Hybrid-Cloud
Deploy across public or private clouds in a Hybrid-Cloud environment
Enterprise Scalability / Load Balancing
Apcera Platform Enterprise Edition allows for rapid scaling for production workloads with the ability to leverage multiple HTTP routers. It also supports the leading software and hardware load balancing solutions
High Availability
Apcera Platform Enterprise Edition supports high availability configurations to ensure fault tolerance
Identity and Access Management Integration
Enterprise Edition includes Identity Integration and Access Management
Product support
Peer Support includes the Apcera Developer Portal and Community Forum. Enterprise Customer Support is delivered via Apcera Customer Support.
Peer Support Only Enterprise Customer Support
Online Documentation
Apcera professional services
Contact sales to inquire about professional services.
Email support
Not available on Community Edition
Community Forum
Community Forum located on our Developer Portal
Service Level Agreements
Not available on Community Edition

Where do I find more information on Apcera Platform Community Edition?

For more technical information, visit Apcera Platform CE docs.


What can I do with Apcera Platform Community Edition?

Lots of cool things. Apcera Platform CE is a very good platform for building and running microservices or small-scale apps in production. Because CE can scale horizontally with unlimited worker nodes you can also do larger jobs (if you have access to a larger platform), for instance at a workgroup level, that are not time sensitive or have uptime requirements. CE is also a wonderful sandbox and QA environment that comes with many built-in hooks to popular developer frameworks, databases, and external services.


Why would I use Apcera's Community Edition over Docker?

You should use Apcera CE with Docker or other Linux container technologies. Apcera was built from the ground up as a platform to manage containers, including Docker. Virtually any Docker image downloaded from Docker Hub should run flawlessly on Apcera CE.

What's the difference between Community Edition and Enterprise Edition?

There are a few key differences. Apcera CE can run only a single cloud infrastructure at any given time and cannot run in true hybrid mode simultaneously across multiple infrastructures. Apcera CE is not designed for serving high-availability (HA) applications because in CE you can only run one controller node at any given time. Apcera CE also has limited load balancing and throughput capabilities that would not be sufficient for webscale applications or use cases such as streaming data and real-time processing at scale. Lastly, Apcera CE does not integrate with the commonly used enterprise authentication schemes such as LDAP. Apcera Platform Enterprise Support also includes Apcera's Customer Support, with our dedicated team of support engineers working with you through any development or deployment issues.


How much does it cost?

There is no charge to run the Apcera Platform Community Edition. Acceptance of the Apcera Platform Community Edition Terms and Conditions needs to be renewed every six months.


Have more questions?

Read more FAQs at developer.apcera.com/FAQ

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