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Mesosphere Democratizes the Container-Based Datacenter with DC/OS Open Source Project; Backed by Accenture, Cisco, Equinix, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and Many Others

A broad alliance of leading companies today joined forces with Mesosphere to unveil the beta release of DC/OS, the first open and comprehensive platform for building, running and scaling modern enterprise applications. Derived from Mesosphere's revolutionary Datacenter Operating System, the 100 percent open source DC/OS offers powerful capabilities for container operations at scale and single-click, app-store-like installation of 20+ complex distributed systems (called DC/OS "services"), including HDFS, Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Apache Cassandra and more. DC/OS lets every company deploy the automated infrastructure powering applications at some of the world's largest technology companies.

"The world needed a better architecture for all modern apps, not just containers," said Florian Leibert, CEO & Co-Founder of Mesosphere. "DC/OS represents a major industry transformation, delivering today's enterprises an open source datacenter-scale operating system that pools compute resources into what looks like one big computer, running containers, microservices, big data systems and other components of modern applications with ease. The open source community has come together around DC/OS to deliver an amazing ecosystem of products and datacenter services."

More than 60 partners- including Accenture, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Microsoft - have had early access to DC/OS leading up to its launch and have pledged to help grow and shape the project through technology integrations and open source software contributions. DC/OS brings the industry's most proven approach for container operations, and its Universe "app store" brings single-click deployment and simplified operations for the latest generation of services designed to run in distributed environments.

View a list of supporting quotes from DC/OS launch partners.

"DC/OS is the inevitable next step for Apache Mesos," said Benjamin Hindman, Co-Creator of Mesos and Mesosphere Chief Architect and Co-Founder. "Organizations that run Mesos quickly discover they need all of the components we've built into DC/OS. DC/OS will democratize large-scale distributed systems and the applications they power, building on the work of the Apache Mesos kernel. By open sourcing DC/OS we're enabling organizations of all sizes to harness the same computing infrastructure as the Twitters and Apples of the world."

Organizations and individuals are invited to join the DC/OS community at The DC/OS name and trademarks are attached to the open source community, and Mesosphere is committed to working with the community to determine the right long-term home for the project.

Read more about DC/OS on the Mesosphere blog.

Partners Driving Deployments

One of the earliest DC/OS collaborators-Microsoft-announced today the general availability of Azure Container Service, including support for DC/OS. First announced in September, Azure Container Service is a completely open-source-based, production-ready container service. Azure Container Service is the easiest way to get started with DC/OS and is uniquely designed to give customers flexibility and easy deployment while taking advantage of proven technology and vibrant community support. DC/OS is also available for cloud deployment via the Azure Marketplace.

"DC/OS takes an open source approach ideally suited for applications that will define the next decade of business," said Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure Chief Technology Officer. "Microsoft selected DC/OS for the Azure Container Service so our customers can easily build, deploy and manage modern applications on our enterprise-ready Azure cloud platform, as well as in private and hybrid cloud environments."

Read Microsoft's blog post about why it supports DC/OS.

Other DC/OS partners from across the IT spectrum are already delivering strong integrations between DC/OS and their products and services. These include industry leaders such as Accenture, Equinix and HPE, as well as many innovative enterprise IT startups.

"DC/OS is specifically designed for organizations seeking highly scalable, agile application development with continuous improvement and robust, reliable deployment," said Edy Liongosari, managing director, Accenture Labs. "Accenture is mature in its ability to implement container-based solutions and DC/OS is a powerful underlying technology that will provide us with the implementation agility needed for custom development projects. We look forward to continuing our participation in the DC/OS open source project and supporting the evolution of the ecosystem."

"Hybrid and multi-cloud deployments are the new reality," said Ihab Tarazi, CTO of Equinix. "We see DC/OS as a critical part of the true hybrid cloud. Equinix is home to 1,100 network providers across 145 datacenters in 21 countries and we will be using DC/OS to form the foundation for an open source ecosystem that innovates around multi-cloud and IoT. We believe that DC/OS, combined with other initiatives like Open Compute, will drive rapid innovation in the manageability, performance, security, and reliability of modern applications in hybrid environments."

"Businesses want to accelerate the development and delivery of secure and scalable cloud native services," said Manoj Nair, Vice President, CDI Converged Product Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "HPE is excited to partner with Mesosphere to simplify this process for customers by bringing together container orchestration, big data, and composable technologies for modern data centers."

Read HPE's blog post about why it supports DC/OS.

A Universe of Services

DC/OS Universe, an app-store-like experience for exploring and installing services, is a built-in component of DC/OS. The Universe provides an open catalog of services built to run on DC/OS. making it easy for developers and operators to install and run complex distributed systems like Spark, Cassandra, Kafka and NGINX-the building blocks of modern applications-with ease. The DC/OS Universe simplifies packaging and delivery of its services for use in datacenter and cloud environments and provides a low-friction distribution path for ISVs that is analogous to app stores on desktop and mobile devices. With a single command or click within the DC/OS CLI or GUI, users can install services on the DC/OS. Any software developer can build services that run on DC/OS and publish them to Universe-thus inheriting the scalability and high availability of DC/OS.

"We're excited to join the DC/OS community in this launch, as developers and operators can now easily access and deploy NGINX as part of their DC/OS environment through Universe," said Gus Robertson, CEO of NGINX, Inc. "NGINX is one of the most widely deployed application tools in containerized environments, enabling organizations to confidently build and deliver their next-generation applications at scale. We see a huge opportunity for the DC/OS Universe to bring plug-and-play services and apps such as NGINX and NGINX Plus to the distributed enterprise."

The Open Source Community Behind DC/OS

DC/OS is an evolution of the Apache Mesos technology originally developed at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. Mesos was inspired by the types of systems that manage datacenter resources for companies such as Microsoft and Google, and simplifies the work of managing datacenters and the process deploying modern datacenter-scale applications. It works essentially by aggregating datacenter resources-tens of thousands of servers in its largest deployments-into a single logical computer on which many workloads (Docker containers, Hadoop, Spark and Kafka, to name a few) can run simultaneously.

"Using new architectural principles such as containers at carrier-scale, Verizon is taking new applications from idea to production with greater speed than traditional deployments," said Larry Rau, Director of Architecture & Infrastructure, Verizon Labs.  "Combining resources from the greater open source community and DC/OS technology, Verizon will be able to better standardize operations and maximize efficiencies across multiple datacenters. The launch of the DC/OS open source community is another step toward accelerating innovation in the datacenter."

"At Cisco we are interested in using DC/OS to deliver Mantl (, our batteries included end to end solution for your microservices infrastructure," said Ken Owens, Chief Technical Officer, Cloud Infrastructure Services at Cisco Systems. "The design point for Mantl is to focus a community around an end to end solution, not around an individual component; designed to solve business and team challenges, one glue, improved by the community, tested everywhere. We are very excited to be working with Mesosphere on DC/OS as this project that will greatly improve the stability and reliability of the microservices platform deployment and runtime."

The DC/OS platform, originally developed by Mesosphere, includes Apache Mesos as core technology (or kernel) but adds significant functionality above and around Mesos. Marathon is the native container-orchestration engine for DC/OS, and already runs large-scale Docker environments and other long-running applications at many large companies. DC/OS packages for Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, HDFS, Jenkins and other distributed systems increase operational simplicity and flexibility beyond what's possible running them on non-Mesos platforms. Other DC/OS components-there are more than 30 overall, ranging from the build kit to the user interface-make it simpler than ever to install, run and manage modern applications on a wide range of platforms.

"Yelp is a heavy user of DC/OS technologies for managing a large Docker environment that spans our private datacenters and the public cloud," said Michael Stoppelman, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Yelp. "We even built our in house PaaS-PaaSTA-on top of DC/OS's Marathon. Adopting these technologies has given Yelp's developers and operators remarkable agility, and we believe DC/OS can bring the same results to all companies as they embrace technologies such as containers and cloud computing."

DC/OS is currently v1.7 and in beta. Based on the community's confidence in the code, Mesosphere expects it to transition to general availability (GA) by Q3 of this year.
Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 9:43 AM by David Marshall
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