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Mesosphere Announces DC/OS 1.9 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 14, 2017 -- Mesosphere, creator of DC/OS today announced Mesosphere DC/OS 1.9 to empower data-driven enterprises with hybrid cloud freedom. Today's businesses want to deliver new services with data insights but often find it exceedingly difficult to capture and process data. Mesosphere DC/OS 1.9 now has over 100 integrated DC/OS services deployable with a single click to any cloud, including new data services from Alluxio, DataStax, Couchbase, Elastic and Redis Labs. Mesosphere DC/OS technologies power more containers in production than any other open source-based software stack in the world, and DC/OS 1.9 adds broader workload support, troubleshooting, security and compliance features.

"Enterprises building modern apps often turn to cloud providers for the data services these apps need. However, companies are increasingly concerned about relying on a single provider and are looking at hybrid cloud or multi-cloud configurations," said Florian Leibert, co-founder and CEO at Mesosphere. "Mesosphere DC/OS makes it possible for IT organizations to serve as hybrid cloud service providers and deliver containers and data services that lines of business need, while using their infrastructure of choice."

"Modern apps — from machine learning to industrial IoT — leverage a broad set of container and big data technologies like distributed databases, message queues, and real-time analytics engines. Mesosphere DC/OS uniquely brings these capabilities together in a single platform," said Darren Haas, head of Predix cloud engineering, GE Digital. "These new features and data services in the DC/OS 1.9 ecosystem give companies across industries a broad toolset to accelerate time to market and the ability to run modern data-driven applications reliably."

The new data service integrations on DC/OS are made possible by the DC/OS Partner SDK, allowing partners to easily integrate their technologies with DC/OS, complete with SRE (site reliability engineering) best practices implemented in code. Entire data services ecosystems — such as distributed databases, message queues, caches and analytics technologies — can be integrated with DC/OS in a matter of days. Once integrated with DC/OS, these services can then be installed in seconds for fast and reliable implementations. With integrated services and production-proven DC/OS capabilities like automatic failure detection and recovery, operators can now ensure apps and data services are always running.

"Mesosphere DC/OS 1.9 updates and enhancements, such as more comprehensive security and broader support for data services and applications, address some of the top concerns of enterprise users," said Jay Lyman, principal analyst for cloud management and containers, 451 Research. "Additional capabilities, such as support for distributed computing services and the ability to store data on a variety of infrastructures, are also in step with growing enterprise use of hybrid multi-cloud architectures. This is among the keys to enabling businesses to undergo digital transformation and handle the massive amounts of data collected in today's hyper-connected world."

Run All Data Services on a Single Platform

With Mesosphere DC/OS, distributed data services run elastically together on shared infrastructure for highest utilization. Abstraction of data services from underlying infrastructure provides cloud portability, and automation ensures no downtime through service upgrades, scaling services or configuration changes. Deploying these services is as easy as one click, with application availability now a matter of minutes instead of the days or weeks required with traditional methods.

New data services available in the DC/OS Universe service catalog have been integrated via the Partner SDK:

  • Alluxio for high-speed distributed storage access
  • Couchbase high-performance and scalable NoSQL database
  • DataStax Enterprise, built on the Apache Cassandra distributed database
  • Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) for analytics and data insights
  • Redis in-memory data structure store for high-performance analytics use cases

Monitoring and Troubleshooting for Distributed Applications

Building apps in Docker containers is straightforward, but running containers in production, ensuring uptime and meeting SLAs can be extremely difficult. Because modern apps are dynamically distributed across containers, critical information like logs and metrics typically come from several places, making it hard to troubleshoot and isolate problems.

Mesosphere DC/OS 1.9 gives operators a comprehensive view into the health of the application and cluster. New features simplify the collection of logs and metrics, which can be easily integrated into existing monitoring tools (e.g., Spunk, ELK, Datadog, Prometheus or custom-developed monitoring tools). DC/OS 1.9 allows operators to give developers restricted remote access to their apps, so they can perform real-time troubleshooting and diagnostics.

Secure and Compliant Operations

Security and compliance are key concerns for enterprises, and their importance is heightened by the addition of new technologies such as containers. In addition to integration with multiple identity providers and access control capabilities for applications and services, security enhancements in Mesosphere DC/OS 1.9 now enable operators to determine which users have access to debugging and associated apps while limiting access to the underlying infrastructure. In addition, Mesosphere DC/OS 1.9 has been independently audited for compliance with NIST, ISO, FISMA, OSC and HIPPA certifications.

Broad Workload Support: From Traditional Apps to Machine Learning

Extending capabilities in container orchestration, DC/OS 1.9 broadens workload support with pods and GPU-based scheduling. Pods provide the ability to easily launch and manage sets of both traditional Linux and Docker containers on DC/OS. GPU-based scheduling on DC/OS means that GPU-enabled hardware can be pooled with the rest of the infrastructure for highest overall utilization, but also be reserved for machine-learning workloads for maximum performance. Multiple machine learning workloads can also share the same set of GPU-enabled hardware.

Availability

DC/OS 1.9 will be available this month. In addition to being available through direct sales, version 1.9 is also available through resellers, including the recently announced agreement with HPE. Read the Mesosphere blog on the DC/OS 1.9 launch for more details.

About Mesosphere
Mesosphere is leading the enterprise transformation toward distributed computing and hybrid cloud. We combine the rich capability you get from public cloud providers with the freedom and control of choosing your own infrastructure. Mesosphere DC/OS is the premier platform for building, deploying, and elastically scaling modern applications and big data. DC/OS makes running containers, data services, and microservices easy across your own hardware and cloud instances. Mesosphere was founded in 2013 by the architects of hyperscale infrastructures at Airbnb and Twitter and the co-creator of Apache Mesos. Mesosphere is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in New York and Hamburg, Germany. Mesosphere's investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Microsoft.


Source: Mesosphere

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