TosKer: Orchestrating Applications with TOSCA and Docker

  • Antonio Brogi
  • Luca Rinaldi
  • Jacopo SoldaniEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 824)


Docker is emerging as a simple yet effective solution for deploying and managing multi-component applications in virtualised cloud platforms. Application components can be shipped within portable and lightweight Docker containers, which can then be interconnected to allow components to interact each other. At the same time, the need for an enhanced support for orchestrating the management of the application components shipped within Docker containers is emerging.

In this paper we show how TOSCA can be exploited to provide such an enhanced support, by proposing a representation for describing the components forming an application, as well as the Docker containers used to ship such components. We also present TosKer, an engine for orchestrating the management of multi-component applications based on the proposed TOSCA representation and on Docker.



The authors would like to thank Claus Pahl for all helpful and stimulating discussions on how to enhance the current support for orchestrating multi-component applications with Docker, which were reported in [11] and laid the foundations for the work presented in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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