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Triton DataCenter offers flexible container-as-a-service capabilities

Triton DataCenter from Joyent is a container orchestration system that provides organizations with services for running and managing various container technologies.

Triton DataCenter from Joyent Inc. combines container orchestration and cloud orchestration into one to create a single, container-as-a-service system. It is designed as an end-to-end solution, featuring compatibility with popular container schedulers that allows for automatic discovery and configuration of applications across containers. It also includes built-in networking and security services.

How does Triton DataCenter help organizations run containers?

Joyent's container-as-a-service system converges container and cloud orchestration rather than layering container orchestration on top of virtual machine (VM) clusters that are separately managed from public or private clouds. The result of this is increased management simplicity. With its Docker-native tools, Triton DataCenter requires no special software to install or configure and no complex host management. The system automatically schedules containers across available physical hosts in the data center or on resources identified by the user.

Another distinction is that, while other systems run on rigid VM host clusters that don't dynamically scale, Triton DataCenter containers do not require VM hosts and can be dynamically resized, resulting in zero downtime and full efficiency. Joyent has included over 40 built-in infrastructure instance packages in Triton DataCenter, allowing users to tailor isolated CPU, memory and disk resources to their specific needs and then resize infrastructure in-place as requirements change.

Triton DataCenter also enables users to manage both containers and noncontainer-based workloads from a single portal, leveraging role-based access control for security purposes. Additional security features include user-defined networking, which enables users to create private Layer 2 and 3 networks to connect everything exactly as they want. Automatic, integrated domain name system enables this ease of use, while the integrated, per-instance firewalls enable users to isolate and protect containers on the network.

Triton DataCenter works in conjunction with Joyent's ContainerPilot to schedule and orchestrate container applications and with the SmartOS container hypervisor to run Docker containers and Linux applications securely with built-in networking and storage.

How is Triton DataCenter licensed and priced?

Joyent's container-as-a-service system is a service-based solution, with per-minute billing. Charges are based on whether companies use Docker containers, container-native Linux or noncontainer-native operating systems. Pricing also varies if companies use compute-optimized, general-purpose, memory-optimized or storage-optimized kernel-based virtual machines. Joyent offers various service levels, from Basic to Mission Critical.

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This was last published in December 2016

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