Kubernetes and Mesosphere Data Center Operating System (DCOS) Integrated for Docker Container Management

In a blog on Mesosphere.com, Derrick Harris announced:

mesosphereAfter months of collaboration between Google and Mesosphere engineers, Kubernetes is now being fully integrated with the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) and we are officially opening an early access program for anybody wants to get their hands on it first.

VCloudNews recently reported Docker Inc has received $95M Series D funding to accelerate container technology adoption for Platform as a Service (PaaS) and application portability in the cloud. As the popularity of containers is increasing, the complexity is also growing. Enterprises will need to learn how to manage large number of containers as they deploy applications. The problem becomes exacerbated in hyper-scale data centers. Google launched Kubernetes, an open source orchestration system for Docker containers to help deal with this complexity. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions. Using the concepts of “labels” and “pods”, it groups the containers which make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery.


Mesosphere takes a new and macro approach to manage data centers. As per the company’s website, the Mesosphere DCOS is a new kind of operating system that organizes all of your machines, VMs, and cloud instances into a single pool of intelligently and dynamically shared resources. It runs on top of and enhances any modern version of Linux.

DCOSThe Mesosphere DCOS is also positioned as being highly-available and fault-tolerant, and runs in both private datacenters and on public clouds. It is built around Apache Mesos, a distributed systems kernel invented at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab and used at large-scale in production at companies like Twitter, Netflix and Airbnb.

On this integration, Derrick Harris writes,

Kubernetes on DCOS means users will be able to launch Kubernetes pods directly from the DCOS command line interface, using the same commands they would use to manage Kubernetes on any other platform. This is a big deal if you’re into Docker and Kubernetes, and would like a complete Kubernetes experience, but would also like the feature set that comes along with an enterprise-class platform such as DCOS.


Kubernetes is supported by a community of strong technology players besides Mesosphere. CoreOS, IBM, HP, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware also support and are evolving this technology. CoreOS with support from Google just launched the Tectonic open source project which is a platform combining Kubernetes and the CoreOS stack.

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