One of the recent examples of open source projects at Google is the collaboration with Mesosphere to integrate its cluster management software with Google's open source Docker container management system Kubernetes (Source: Google Cloud Platform Blog)

Mesosphere, Kubernetes to Meld into Google’s Cloud

Mesosphere is collaborating with Google to bring the startup’s server cluster management software and Google’s open source Docker container management solution to the Google Cloud Platform, the companies announced Monday.

Mesosphere is one of the leading companies in its sphere and Kubernetes, which Google announced in June, enjoys support of industry heavyweights, including Microsoft, Red Hat and IBM. Mesosphere is based on the open source Apache Mesos distributed systems kernel used by customers like Twitter, Airbnb and Hubspot to power Internet-scale applications. Kubernetes helps manage the deployment of Docker workloads. Combination of the two provides a commercial-grade, highly available and production ready compute fabric, the companies said.

The collaboration results in a web application that enables customers to deploy Mesosphere clusters on Google’s cloud in minutes. Kubernetes is being incorporated into the offering and into Mesosphere’s ecosystem.

The new application automatically installs and configures everything a user needs to run a Mesosphere cluster, including Mesos kernel, Zookeeper and Marathon, as well as OpenVPN to log in to the cluster. The functionality will soon be incorporated into the Google Cloud Platform dashboard.

Mesosphere co-founder and CEO Florian Leibert was formerly engineering lead at Twitter. Mesos is credited with helping Twitter scale and avoid the infamous “fail whale” failure screen. Mesosphere creates a single, highly-elastic pool of resources that all applications can draw from, creating clusters of raw compute nodes.

“We’re collaborating with Google to bring together Mesosphere, Kubernetes and Google Cloud Platform to make it even easier for our customers to run applications and containers at scale,” co-founder and CEO Florian Leibert wrote in a post on Google’s Cloud Platform blog. “Today, we are excited to announce that we’re bringing Mesosphere to the Google Cloud Platform with a web app that enables customers to deploy Mesosphere clusters in minutes.”

Liebert wrote that developers can literally spin up a Mesosphere cluster on Google’s Cloud Platform with just a few clicks in standard or custom configurations. “Whether you are running massive Internet-scale workloads like many of our customers, or you are just getting started, we think the combination of Mesos, Kubernetes and Google Cloud Platform will help you build your apps faster, deploy them more efficiently and run them with less overhead.”

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Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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