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Docker in Depth
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Security3m 42s
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Container Orchestration With Docker Swarm Mode

Docker has made great strides in advancing development and operational agility, portability, and cost savings by leveraging containers. You can see a lot of benefits even when you use a single Docker host. But when container applications reach a certain level of complexity or scale, you need to make use of several machines. Container orchestration products and tools allow you to manage multiple container hosts in concert. Docker swarm mode is one such tool. In this course, we’ll explain the architecture of Docker swarm mode, and go through lots of demos to perfect your swarm mode skills. 

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what Docker swarm mode can accomplish.
  • Explain the architecture of a swarm mode cluster.
  • Use the Docker CLI to manage nodes in a swarm mode cluster.
  • Use the Docker CLI to manage services in a swarm mode cluster.
  • Deploy multi-service applications to a swarm using stacks.

Intended Audience

This course is for anyone that is interested in orchestrating distributed systems at any scale. This includes:

  • DevOps Engineers
  • Site Reliability Engineers
  • Cloud Engineers
  • Software Engineers


This is an intermediate level course that assumes:

  • You have experience working with Docker and Docker Compose


Lesson What you'll learn
Introduction What will be covered in this course
Overview Understand what Docker swarm mode is
Networking Discover the multi-host networking features built into swarm mode
Container Orchestration Learn the swarm mode features related to orchestrating containers
Consistency Understand how nodes keep a consistent view of the cluster
Security Discover the security features built into swarm mode
Setting Up a Swarm Learn the options for setting up swarms
Managing Nodes Use the Docker CLI to manage swarm nodes
Managing Services Use the Docker CLI to manage swarm services
Working With Stacks Manage Services with Compose files
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About the Author

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Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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