Docker Swarm Overview
Docker Swarm is native clustering for Docker. It turns a pool of Docker hosts into a single, virtual Docker host. Beacause Docker.Swarm serves the standard Docker API, any tool that already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts.
Support tools include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Docker Compose
- Docker Machine
And of course, the Docker clients itself is also supported.
Like other Docker projects, Docker Swarm follows the “Swap, Olug, and Play” principle.
Understand Swarm cluster creation
The first step to creating a Swarm cluster on your network is to pull the Docker Swarm image. Then, using Docker, you configure the Swarm manager and all the nodes to run Docker Swarm.
1. open a TCP port on each node for communication with the Swarm manager 2. install Docker on each node 3. create and manage TLS certificates to secure your cluster
As a starting point, the manual method is best suited for experienced administrators or programmers contributing to Docker Swarm. The alternative is to use docker-machine to install a cluster.
Using Docker Machine, you can quickly install a Docker Swarm on cloud providers or inside your own data center.
If you have VirtualBox installed on your local machine, you can quickly build and explore Docker Swarm in your local environment. This method automatically generates a certificate to secure your cluster.
How to get Docker Swarm
You can create a Docker Swarm cluster using the swarm executable image from a container or using an executable swarm binary you install on your system.
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