Mesosphere Announces General Availability of DCOS Enterprise Edition

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 9, 2015) - Mesosphere, creators of the Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) for managing datacenter and cloud resources at scale, today announced the general availability of Mesosphere DCOS Enterprise Edition. DCOS Enterprise Edition is now available for all modern versions of Linux (CentOS, CoreOS, Red Hat and Ubuntu), for every major cloud provider, and for installation in private datacenters, whether on bare metal or virtualized, and for hybrid cloud deployments. The Mesosphere DCOS also supports Docker containers as one of its primary application deployment models.

GA Launch After Early Access from Nearly 4,000 Enterprise Users

Since its Early Access launch in December 2014, more than 3,800 enterprise customers have signed up for the beta version of DCOS, the first-ever operating system designed for the new datacenter-scale form factor of today's enterprise, as well as the highly elastic distributed systems they are utilizing. DCOS Enterprise Edition brings enterprise-hardened features and support options designed to meet the most common requests from this first wave of DCOS adopters.

"Mesosphere's vision has been to make the datacenter as easy to use as a laptop -- and with the general availability of DCOS Enterprise Edition, we've taken a huge step toward realizing that," said Florian Leibert, CEO and Co-Founder of Mesosphere. "Applications in the datacenter are driving requirements for a new class of operating system -- a datacenter operating system -- and enterprises need a flexible, scalable, and consistent way to deploy and manage large-scale distributed systems on-prem, in the cloud, or hybrid. This is the same core technology that runs infrastructure at companies like Twitter, Yelp, Groupon and Apple's Siri."

The Mesosphere DCOS, built around the Apache Mesos distributed systems kernel, is the first operating system that spans hundreds or thousands of machines in a datacenter and delivers common services to operators, developers and data scientists. The Mesos kernel abstracts away the underlying infrastructure and provides APIs for resource management and scheduling across large-scale datacenter and cloud environments.

"Cisco knows first hand the complexities in the datacenter, and we've seen how the Mesosphere DCOS changes the game for enterprises" said Ken Owens, CTO Cloud Services, Cisco. "With Mesosphere DCOS, enterprises can very quickly build, deploy and scale modern applications with unprecedented operational simplicity, both on-premises and in hybrid clouds."

New Features for Enterprise Production

New features introduced in the DCOS Enterprise Edition include production-grade Kerberos security for authentication and authorization, 24x7x365 support, and one-command install of DCOS services like HDFS, Cassandra, and Kafka. The Enterprise Edition is offered via a subscription license, which includes free upgrades to roadmap of features, including advanced scheduling and oversubscription that will yield cluster utilization rates as high as 90%.

The Mesosphere DCOS Enterprise Edition is ideally suited for enterprises running mission-critical apps and workloads. Customers of DCOS include some of the largest companies in the world, as well as fast-growing startups. The DCOS Enterprise Edition is suitable for deployments of at least 100 nodes and scales to tens of thousands of nodes. The DCOS is already in production use by major financial, media and telecommunications companies.

Easy to Try (on Any Environment)

There are now two editions of DCOS, the freely available Community Edition offering the power of the Mesosphere DCOS on public clouds (today for Amazon Web Services, but later this summer it will be available for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud platform) and the Enterprise Edition. The Enterprise Edition requires a paid license, includes enterprise features like Kerberos security and has a built-in support plan from Mesosphere. The Enterprise Edition is available for any company that wants to run DCOS in a private datacenter, public cloud or hybrid environment.

Demand for the Mesosphere DCOS is driven by the immense pressure on enterprise IT to to run distributed systems at scale and adopt modern programming and operations practices. Modern enterprise use the DCOS to accelerate their adoption of new microservices-based development models (eg., using Marathon, Docker and Kubernetes on the DCOS). They also use the DCOS to incorporate continuous integration and continuous deployment into their developer workflow.

The First OS Designed for Distributed Frameworks

Perhaps most importantly, enterprises use the DCOS to efficiently and elastically run large-scale distributed systems like Hadoop, Cassandra, Spark and Kafka. At the recent Mesosphere HackWeek, Mesosphere organized dozens of leaders in the open source community to advance this next generation of "killer apps" for the datacenter. Some of the most notable are documented in a video series that you can watch on YouTube.

Today there are thousands of organizations running datacenters and cloud deployments that rely on Apache Mesos, including Airbnb, Apple, Cisco, Ebay, Ericsson, Groupon, OpenTable, Yelp, Time Warner Cable and Twitter. Many of these companies are upgrading to the more comprehensive DCOS via a Mesos Upgrade Program offered by Mesosphere. As mentioned earlier, more than 3,800 companies registered to participate in the Mesosphere DCOS Enterprise Edition beta program announced in December 2014.

Yelp Joins the List of Enterprises Applauding Mesos

One of the early adopters of Mesos and the Mesosphere open source packages has been Yelp, which is using the Mesosphere technology to build out its hybrid cloud environment, leveraging Amazon Web Services to augment its private datacenters. Yelp was able to build a near-production-ready Mesosphere cluster in three months, running a Docker-based microservices architecture that it calls PaaSTA. This allows Yelp to run container-sized jobs regardless of the computing platform -- with Mesos managing more than 17 million individual tests per day (including more than one million Docker containers per day).

"We have been early adopters of Mesos and we've had the pleasure of watching Mesosphere drive innovation in the Mesos community with its vision for a Datacenter Operating System built around Mesos," said Michael Stoppelman, SVP Engineering at Yelp. "We're already using parts of Mesosphere's DCOS -- for example, Marathon -- as a key part of our new infrastructure, and we're excited to be a part of growing community of Mesos and Mesosphere users."

Today's general availability announcement follows a sequence of major partnerships in Mesosphere's go-to-market strategy for the first commercial datacenter operating system. In April, Mesosphere announced the public beta of DCOS on Microsoft Azure and AWS, and also announced its partnership with VMware to manage container security at scale.

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About Mesosphere
Mesosphere (Twitter: @Mesosphere) is building the datacenter operating system (DCOS) to help enterprises unlock the next generation of scale, efficiency and automation. The Mesosphere DCOS pools datacenter and compute resources, gives IT operators a much simpler administration model, and improves developer velocity with more modern abstractions and APIs for writing distributed systems. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mesosphere is headquartered in San Francisco with a second office in Hamburg, Germany.