Mesosphere has outgrown Container 1.0

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

Gabriela Motroc
Container 2.0

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Mesosphere has stepped into the era of Container 2.0. Although Container 1.0 is “a useful conversation starter and a great way to get people interested in building with containers, it’s actually of limited utility.” Meet Container 2.0.

Mesosphere, which aims to lead the enterprise transformation toward distributed computing and modern applications with its Datacenter Operating System, announced partnerships with Lightbend, Confluent and DataStax. Mesosphere CEO Florian Leibert revealed in a blog post that even though Container 1.0 brought them a long way, they “need to move past all the Container 1.0 talk about how containers can revolutionize application development, and begin to focus on what comes next” —Container 2.0.

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What is Container 2.0 all about?

According to Leibert, “Container 2.0 is the ability to run (and orchestrate) both stateless and stateful services on the same set of resources. Delivering Container 2.0 means delivering a platform that can run application logic along with the gamut of backend services on shared infrastructure, combining all workloads onto a single platform that improves efficiency and simplifies complex operations.”

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.

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. The chief executive of Mesosphere revealed 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.

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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