Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ClusterHQ Flocker

Flocker does multi-host orchestration for Docker containers. It is intended mainly as a means for containerizing and orchestration distributed data stores and databases although in principle it can deploy any app. Unlike some of the other solutions out it, Flocker aims to support checkpointing of stateful and stateless containers to support migration of (running) containers across nodes. This seems like a great feature if one wanted to do work stealing rescheduling of containers as the execution profile changes and other nodes become available. Flocker provides its own NAT layer for mediating communication between containers across nodes. It also supports ZFS persistent volumes to maintain state. Flocker itself does not aim to do any particularly sophisticated scheduling (c.f. Kubernetes) but instead relies on the user to supply scheduling.

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