Container orchestration is the use of declarative configuration and imperative commands to deploy, provision, and execute containerized workloads. It automates the distribution of preprovisioned container images, injection of configuration, scheduling onto machines, lifecycle-management, and monitoring of applications, microservices, and jobs in the cloud. The orchestration space is fast moving and full of competing products, platforms, and frameworks. How do you choose the right one for your requirements?
Karl Isenberg explores the features of several container orchestrators—breaking down the feature sets and characteristics into categories, and scoring multiple solutions against each other while comparing them to other cloud platform layers like infrastructure (IaaS), applications platforms (PaaS), serverless architecture (FaaS), and distributed operating systems—to explain what functionality to look for in a container orchestrator, which products are good at which feature sets, and how you can apply this methodology in your research of other container orchestrators.