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Mesosphere's Marathon is on fire

For more than five years, DC/OS has enabled some of the largest, most sophisticated enterprises in the world to achieve unparalleled levels of efficiency, reliability, and scalability from their IT infrastructure. But now it is time to pass the torch to a new generation of technology: the D2iQ Kubernetes Platform (DKP). Why? Kubernetes has now achieved a level of capability that only DC/OS could formerly provide and is now evolving and improving far faster (as is true of its supporting ecosystem). That’s why we have chosen to sunset DC/OS, with an end-of-life date of October 31, 2021. With DKP, our customers get the same benefits provided by DC/OS and more, as well as access to the most impressive pace of innovation the technology world has ever seen. This was not an easy decision to make, but we are dedicated to enabling our customers to accelerate their digital transformations, so they can increase the velocity and responsiveness of their organizations to an ever-more challenging future. And the best way to do that right now is with DKP.

Feb 06, 2015



Mesosphere's Mararthon is an open source framework for launching and operating long-running services on Apache Mesos and the Mesosphere DCOS. It is the most popular framework on Mesos and has been used in large-scale production at some of the largest companies in the world.


For most users, Marathon is also the "onramp" to Mesos — it lets developers and operators take any existing Linux application or Docker container and run it on a Mesosphere DCOS or Mesos datacenter or cloud. Hand Marathon a Linux packaged application (Jar file, Docker container, etc), give it some parameters to launch, and Marathon will schedule it onto the cluster and keep it running even if machines fail. You can also instantly scale it up or down, to even thousands of instances, by hitting the REST API.


It's not surprising, given Marathon's prominence in the Mesosphere and Mesos ecosystems, that it's recently gotten a lot of attention from large companies like CenturyLink and Amazon, with integration efforts for Panamax and Amazon ECS. Also, the Marathon team recently released a new version (0.8.0). Here's a rundown on the latest:


Mesosphere's Marathon Team Releases Version 0.8.0

This week the Marathon team released a new version of Marathon, version 0.8.0. You can read about the new features on the Mesosphere blog. Or dive right into the Marathon 0.8.0 release notes in the Github repo.


Amazon Builds Proof-of-Concept Integration with Marathon

Today Amazon Web Services announced a proof-of-concept integration between Marathon and Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS). The proof-of-concept is not production-grade, but demonstrates the customer demand and popularity of Marathon, Mesos and the Mesosphere DCOS. In the Github repo, Amazon says, "We are working with the Mesos community to develop a more robust integration between Apache Mesos and Amazon ECS."


CenturyLink Builds Integration with Panamax Deployment Tool

Also today, CenturyLink Labs Panamax team announced the integration between their Panamax deployment tool and Marathon and Mesosphere. Their Marathon remote deployment adapter is now available and can be used to deploy to Apache Mesos and Mesosphere DCOS clusters with Panamax, right from your browser.

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