Frequently asked questions and answers
How does Dapr compare to service meshes such as Istio, Linkerd or OSM?
Dapr is not a service mesh. While service meshes focus on fine-grained network control, Dapr is focused on helping developers build distributed applications. Both Dapr and service meshes use the sidecar pattern and run alongside the application. They do have some overlapping features, but also offer unique benefits. For more information please read the Dapr & service meshes concept page.
The Dapr project is focused on performance due to the inherent discussion of Dapr being a sidecar to your application. See here for updated performance numbers.
What is the relationship between Dapr, Orleans and Service Fabric Reliable Actors?
The actors in Dapr are based on the same virtual actor concept that Orleans started, meaning that they are activated when called and deactivated after a period of time. If you are familiar with Orleans, Dapr C# actors will be familiar. Dapr C# actors are based on Service Fabric Reliable Actors (which also came from Orleans) and enable you to take Reliable Actors in Service Fabric and migrate them to other hosting platforms such as Kubernetes or other on-premisis environments. Moreover, Dapr is about more than just actors. It provides you with a set of best-practice building blocks to build into any microservices application. See Dapr overview.
Differences between Dapr and an actor framework
Virtual actor capabilities are one of the building blocks that Dapr provides in its runtime. With Dapr, because it is programming-language agnostic with an http/gRPC API, the actors can be called from any language. This allows actors written in one language to invoke actors written in a different language.
Creating a new actor follows a local call like
http://localhost:3500/v1.0/actors/<actorType>/<actorId>/…. For example,
http://localhost:3500/v1.0/actors/myactor/50/method/getData calls the
getData method on the newly created
myactor with id
The Dapr runtime SDKs have language-specific actor frameworks. For example, the .NET SDK has C# actors. The goal is for all the Dapr language SDKs to have an actor framework. Currently .NET, Java and Python SDK have actor frameworks.
Developer language SDKs and frameworks
Does Dapr have any SDKs I can use if I want to work with a particular programming language or framework?
What frameworks does Dapr integrate with?
Dapr can be integrated with any developer framework. For example, in the Dapr .NET SDK you can find ASP.NET Core integration, which brings stateful routing controllers that respond to pub/sub events from other services.
Dapr is integrated with the following frameworks;
- Logic Apps with Dapr Workflows
- Functions with Dapr Azure Functions Extension
- Spring Boot Web apps in Java SDK
- ASP.NET Core in .NET SDK
- Azure API Management