From Containers to Container Orchestration


The Docker platform and surrounding ecosystem contain many tools to manage the lifecycle of a container. Just one example, Docker Command Line Interface (CLI) supports the following container activities:

  • Pulling a repository from the registry.
  • Running the container and optionally attaching a terminal to it.
  • Committing the container to a new image.
  • Uploading the image to the registry.
  • Terminating a running container.

While the CLI meets the needs of managing one container on one host, it falls short when it comes to managing multiple containers deployed on multiple hosts. To go beyond the management of individual containers, we must turn to orchestration tools.

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