Container Orchestration

Container orchestration is a fundamental enabler of digital transformation initiatives. However, as monolithic applications transition to containerized services, it can be tedious to manage these applications with legacy infrastructure. Also, it allows developers and IT organizations to better manage application life cycles.

Container orchestration automates the deployment, management, scaling, and networking of containers. Enterprises that need to deploy and manage hundreds or thousands of Linux® containers and hosts can benefit from container orchestration.

Container orchestration can be used in any environment where you use containers. It can help you to deploy the same application across different environments without needing to redesign it. And microservices in containers make it easier to orchestrate services, including storage, networking, and security.

Containers give your microservice-based apps an ideal application deployment unit and self-contained execution environment. They make it possible to run multiple parts of an app independently in microservices, on the same hardware, with much greater control over individual pieces and life cycles.

Managing the lifecycle of containers with orchestration also supports DevOps teams who integrate it into CI/CD workflows. Along with application programming interfaces (APIs) and DevOps teams, containerized microservices are the foundation for cloud-native applications.

For example: Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Mesos and Marathon

What is container orchestration used for?

Use container orchestration to automate and manage tasks such as:

  • Provisioning and deployment
  • Configuration and scheduling
  • Resource allocation
  • Container availability
  • Scaling or removing containers based on balancing workloads across your infrastructure
  • Load balancing and traffic routing
  • Monitoring container health
  • Configuring applications based on the container in which they will run
  • Keeping interactions between containers secure
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