Docker swarm, and VLAN, Load Bal?
Would VLAN be the best solution for docker swarm w/3 linodes (2G,1G,1G) running Ubuntu/NGINX/Docker?
I don't think I want to go with Kube yet due to the price increase for 3 larger servers, learning all the kube cli scripts/commands, and unless I have larger business load demands in the future.
Will docker swarm load balance or do I have to buy node balancers instead, or are they mainly for kube?
VLAN should work with your use-case. There's documentation on how to get started here:
Something to keep in mind is how your traffic will egress. NodeBalancers can be used for regular Linodes, as well as LKE. You can review how they work here:
If you are interested in trying out Kubernetes, but are worried about pricing, you can always try creating your own cluster using K3S.