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The Docker Book by James Turnbull

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7 Docker Orchestration and Service Discovery

Orchestration is a pretty loosely defined term. It’s broadly the process of automated configuration, coordination, and management of services. In the Docker world we use it to describe the set of practices around managing applications running in multiple Docker containers and potentially across multiple Docker hosts. Native orchestration is in its infancy in the Docker community but an exciting ecosystem of tools is being integrated and developed.

In the current ecosystem there are a variety of tools being built and integrated with Docker. Some of these tools are simply designed to elegantly “wire” together multiple containers and build application stacks using simple composition. Other tools provide ...

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