Starting with Docker 1.12, we have added features to the core Docker Engine to make multi-host and multi-container orchestration easy.

We’ve added new API objects, like Service and Node, that will let you use the Docker API to deploy and manage apps on a group of Docker Engines called a swarm. With Docker 1.12, the best way to orchestrate Docker is Docker!

This is a long — sorry not sorry! — written piece specifically about the high-level aspects of deployment: collaboration, safety, and pace. There's plenty to be said for the low-level aspects as well, but those are harder to generalize across languages and, to be honest, a lot closer to being solved than the high-level process aspects. I love talking about how teams work together, and deployment is one of the most critical parts of working with other people. I think it's worth your time to evaluate how your team is faring, from time to time.

Otto is the successor to Vagrant.


Otto knows how to develop and deploy any application on any cloud platform, all controlled with a single consistent workflow to maximize the productivity of you and your team.

There are some obvious issues with running third-party Dockerfiles. Like most of the Docker ecosystem, Dockerfiles were designed for personal use by an individual with root access. Once you start distributing them, however, you’re essentially giving root to a stranger. This blog post is about why you shouldn’t even be using Dockerfiles for your own projects.

Serf is a tool for cluster membership, failure detection, and orchestration that is decentralized, fault-tolerant and highly available. Serf runs on every major platform: Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It is extremely lightweight: it uses 5 to 10 MB of resident memory and primarily communicates using infrequent UDP messages.

Strider is an Open Source Continuous Integration and Deployment platform. It is written in JavaScript/Node.JS and uses MongoDB. It is released under the BSD license. While similar conceptually to systems such as Travis and Jenkins, Strider is designed to be easy to setup, use, and customize.

With FPM, you can specify dependencies, architecture, maintainer, etc. All from a simple command line, and never forcing you to learn the pain and suffering that can come with rpm spec files or debian package building.

Docker encapsulates heterogeneous payloads in Standard Containers, and runs them on any server with strong guarantees of isolation and repeatability. It is a great building block for automating distributed systems: large-scale web deployments, database clusters, continuous deployment systems, private PaaS, service-oriented architectures, etc.

Dewpoint is a command line tool for interacting with cloud servers.

Usage: dewpoint [options] ...


create-node Create a new node

destroy-node Destroy an existing node

find-node Find an existing node by name

list-nodes List all existing nodes

list-sizes List all valid server sizes

list-images List all available server images

help Return more detailed help on command

I was going to write something like this myself (for an experimental fully automated continuous deployment pipeline using only open-source tools) but this looks promising so maybe I won't have to.

Deltacloud provides the API server and drivers necessary for connecting to cloud providers.

Deltacloud maintains long-term stability for scripts, tools and applications and backward compatibility across different versions.

Using single API Deltacloud enables management of resources in different clouds.

Start an instance on an internal cloud, then with the same code start another on EC2 or RHEV-M.

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