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Container management software helps manage and organize the work associated with software containers. Software containers are free-standing collections of all of the components needed to execute the software, including libraries, source code, an application server, etc., and can be executed on demand.

Container management platforms automate and simplify the work of allocating resources and load balancing across containers, which streamlines container delivery and ultimately improves performance. They also help organize and replicate container instances, and cluster container groupings. They are an efficient and affordable way for a business to manage its applications, resources and microservices. Container management software makes it possible to deliver microservices independently, run applications that are resource-independent, and build, test, and deploy containers quickly.

Kubernetes is an open source container management platform that is being used by many vendors and open source communities in their container management products. Docker, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Amazon Elastic Container Service are leaders in this space.