What is a Container/VM Orchestrator?

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Container Orchestrator:

  • manage,
  • scale,
  • start/stop
  • and maintain container

They are also known as scheduler.

This is where you create and run container in production.

ie a cluster resource manager (same as Yarn) where the applications are containers.


  • Kubernete - the Google open source orchestrator (actual winner)
  • Swarm - the Docker orchestrator
  • Nomad (14,5k Stars)
  • portainer (29.3k Stars) - Supports standalone docker where the Portainer Server, and the Portainer Agent run as lightweight Docker containers on the Docker engine

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