Creating a Docker Container Cluster with Container Service

What Is Alibaba Cloud’s Container Service?

Alibaba Cloud’s Container Service is a scalable, high-performance, container management service that allows you to orchestrate and manage containerized application lifecycles with either Docker Swarm or Kubernetes.

What Is Docker Swarm?

Docker is an open source, virtualization management tool that allows you to develop, deploy, manage, and monitor applications and systems within containers. This process is known as containerization. Docker Swarm is a clustering, scheduling, and orchestration tool for systems and environments that run on multiple and scalable Docker containers.

Why Do I Need to Create a Cluster?

Before we can install a suite of running Docker containers with Alibaba Cloud’s Container Service, we need to have an Alibaba Cloud Container Service Docker Swarm cluster ready and available for implementing our containerized systems.

Prerequisites

You will need an Alibaba Cloud account. If you don’t already have one, head over to the Free Trial page to get access to $300 worth of Alibaba Cloud products to play around with in the Alibaba Cloud New User Free Trial.

Creating a Cluster

First, head over to the Products page and click Container Service.

Summary

First, we told you that we were going to build a cluster to run an Alibaba Cloud Container Service application environment and that, for this tutorial, it will be a Docker Swarm cluster. In a future tutorial, we will build a cluster for the Container Service Kubernetes option too.

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