Container 2.0, new partnerships and DC/OS 1.8

Mesosphere goes big, adds DC/OS 1.8 to the list of announcements

Gabriela Motroc

Mesosphere announced new partnerships with Lightbend, DataStax and Confluent, Container 2.0 and DC/OS 1.8. It’s time to take a better look at DC/OS 1.8.

Mesosphere, which aims to lead the enterprise transformation toward distributed computing and modern applications with its Datacenter Operating System, recently announced partnerships with Lightbend, Confluent and DataStax, Container 2.0 and DC/OS 1.8. Before we dive into 1.8, let’s see what DC/OS is all about.

What is DC/OS?

DC/OS is a distributed operating system based on the Apache Mesos distributed systems kernel which enables the management of multiple machines as if they were a single computer.  It helps users build modern apps using technologies such as containers and big data services; you can integrate advanced big data, analytics and machine learning pipelines with Spark, Kafka, and Cassandra in your apps, as well as operate them with this system’s architecture.

DC/OS 1.8 focuses on data agility, container orchestration, networking, security and more.

DC/OS Universe has an updated DC/OS Kafka Service, a DC/OS Confluent Platform Service based on the DC/OS Kafka Service, an updated DC/OS Cassandra Service, a DC/OS DataStax Enterprise Service and an updated version of Apache Spark.

Marathon, Mesosphere’s default way to run things on DC/OS, supports the full range of DC/OS features. There is a major change in the Services tab in DC/OS in version 1.8 — the native DC/OS Marathon instance UI is fully integrated with the DC/OS UI; it shows an embedded Marathon, which means that users’ services and applications are in one place.

For more details read the release notes.

SEE ALSO: Move over Container 1.0 — Mesosphere steps up its game with Container 2.0

The secret behind DC/OS

DC/OS is the only container orchestration platform that already started powering Container 2.0 operations in production environments at some of the largest companies in the world, such as Time Warner Cable and Verizon. Mesosphere CEO Florian Leibert revealed in a blog post that “the secret sauce behind how DC/OS is able to power such robust applications really is […] the open source Apache Mesos technology on which it is built. All of the services running on DC/OS can have their own scheduler and that each scheduler can be specifically optimized for unique kinds of workloads and constraints.”

DC/OS can also run various important services on the same cluster. Jenkins, Elasticsearch and BitBucket are just a few services available in the DC/OS Universe.

Container 2.0

In short, Container 2.0 allows operators to “think of entire applications and services as deployable objects.” A Container 2.0 application may contain hundreds of containers and rely on countless infrastructure services, yet “be deployed and scaled in the datacenter or cloud as a single cohesive unit.” It also opens the door to new ways of building applications.

This is how Lightbend, Confluent and DataStax announced the partnership with Mesosphere:

To maximize the benefits of a modern reactive application architecture, enterprises require a truly flexible infrastructure for the production deployment of these applications. Mesosphere Enterprise DC/OS provides the only production proven and fully supported platform that elastically runs these sophisticated distributed systems at scale.

Mark Brewer, CEO of Lightbend

As companies today leverage streaming data to make real-time business decisions, it is important to make it easy to deploy software in an efficient manner for managing data at scale. To meet this rising demand, the entire Confluent Platform is now fully supported and available in the Mesosphere Universe, making it easy for customers to build and operate stream processing applications using Kafka.

Neha Narkhede, co-founder and CTO of Confluent

With the rise of cloud applications that demand a new approach to data management, DSE on DC/OS has tremendous benefits in time-to-deploy, time-to-scale and maximizing resource efficiency.

Barry Evans, Head of Technology Partner Development, DataStax

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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