Docker cloud cluster management is shutting down on May 21, what to do?

Posted March 21, 2018 7.5k views

Hi just received an email from docker that they’re going to terminate “The services on Docker Cloud that provide application, node and swarm cluster management” on May 21.
Since we’re running docker cloud with the DigitalOcean connection, I’m wondering how we could migrate without going to AWS, Google kubernetes or Azure container service. We’re very happy with Digital Ocean.
Our whole automated build & (re)deploy system was build on Docker cloud.
Can you guys help?

  • Us too. Not sure how we going to move forward. What is the logic behind this? What alternatives do we have?

  • We’d love to learn how to move forward with this as well! We’d rather not have to move away from Digital Ocean. Is there a method of using some kind of Docker Swarm(s) on Digital Ocean that could be automated with some scripts to capture at least most of the functionality we’ll be losing from docker cloud?

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Email me at if you want to talk specifics and we can work through what a good solution would be.

Unfortunately it sounds like there are two solutions, deploy your own Docker tooling to Droplets (or VMs on any provider) and manually manage your stack, and converting your workload to Kubernetes.

For the former, there is an article on our tutorial site:

For the latter, there is a great tool here: to convert your workload to Kubernetes.

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Docker Swarm is the Docker-native solution for deploying a cluster of Docker hosts. You can use it to quickly deploy a cluster of Docker hosts running either on your local machine or on supported cloud platforms. Before...

I too want to stick with DigitalOcean. In our case, since we are only running single-node deployments on Docker Cloud (one node per customer with each node running a single Stack file), we will likely switch to using Docker Machine to provision DigitalOcean hosts, adjust our Stack files to become Compose files, then use Docker Compose to deploy the containers to those hosts.

We’re going to use portainer to manage our docker nodes.
Not completely cover all the features but it is giving us a beter overview of our projects.

We did already migration successfully with swarmpit as management tool. In case of any questions please drop us email here: