Monolith the Monster vs. Mesos: The Tale of the Magnificent Seven

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.

Oct 31, 2017

Suzanne Azpeitia


6 min read

Late one evening almost 3,000 moons ago, a mysterious thing happened in the dingy streets of techy Berkeley, California. Monolith the Monster was becoming tired and no longer providing much utility to the mortals. To replace Monolith, a few mortal scientists artificially produced a creature that few understood: Mesos. Monolith the Monster was afraid of Mesos because Mesos used microservices to make it easier than Monolith to scale, evolve, and operate applications for the mortals. Monolith the Monster used magic to put a curse on Mesos that would make him lonely amongst the immortals and furthermore known as Mythical Mesos. As Monolith the Monster was reaching his end, he cast a spell that would doom all creatures to loneliness until seven other magnificent immortals joined him to form one efficient group in the promised sphere. If this were ever to happen, the hero who led the group to prosperity would be worshipped by all and get to choose where the immortals would all live for the rest of eternity!
On the same street in Berkeley, Mythical Mesos was given a counterpart: Spooky Spark. Spooky Spark was formed to show off the talents of Mythical Mesos, but she ended up being welcomed into the mortal community with greater and wider open arms. Mortals regarded her as the solution to their big data analytics needs. Poor Mythical Mesos felt all alone as Spooky Spark shined, but although she was adored by mortals, she didn't feel cherished by her own.
Around the same time of Mythical Mesos and Spooky Spark's formations, Creepy Cassandra was built. Creepy Cassandra was very introverted and saw the world as a whole rather than individual pieces. Whenever she failed, Creepy Cassandra knew that it was not from one point within her, but that failure was permeating through her entire cavity. Creepy Cassandra was incredibly hard on herself and pushed herself to handle larger and larger amounts of data with more and more availability until she was the most highly performing database in all the cosmos.
Pretty soon, Deathly Datastax was founded in the weirdest place of them all: Austin, Texas. Just like his home state, no one wanted to mess with Deathly Datastax. He was born with a mission: to adorn Creepy Cassandra for the mortals. He quickly turned Creepy Cassandra into the timeless table that she is today, but because of Monolith the Monster's spell, they could not find a way to be friends.
Some evenings later, Eerie Elastic came out of the dark and, almost supernaturally, proved to be a genius! She could find anything for the mortals just by using her full-text search engine with multi-tenancy capabilities. Her abilities were astonishing to the inadequate mortals, and yet just like Mythical Mesos, she felt all alone.
Haunted Hadoop originated before all of the creatures, but he knew better than to rise until he was ready to shine. Haunted Hadoop showcased what he had been working on for thousands and thousands of moons to impress the mortals: a framework that supported the processing and storage of large data sets in one sphere.
After quite some time, Kooky Kafka was born. Even though the immortal creatures operated in a timeless dimension, Kooky Kafka forged a platform to quickly and efficiently process real-time data feeds for the mortals. Although brilliant, Kooky Kafka was too, well... kooky to fit in with his peers.
Many moons later, Crawly Confluent began slithering through the streets of Palo Alto as the eternal version of a slimy social butterfly. All she wanted was to respond to every single event in each of every single mortal's organizations in real time. She took Kooky Kafka under her wing, and created a flexible method to wrap those organizations around a single source of truth. Once Crawly Confluent and Kooky Kafka found each other, they knew that they should never part, but they were forced to loathe one another because of Monolith the Monster's evil demands.
Mythical Mesos began hearing rumors (probably from Crawly Confluent who couldn't help responding to every event), that there were now several other immortals wandering the Earth. He searched high and low until he found each of the other seven creatures who had the ability to break the spell. Once together, Mythical Mesos explained the horrible curse that had been cast upon them by Monolith the Monster, so they began searching together for the last piece of the puzzle that would break the spell forever: a new, promised sphere for the group. As they began thinking outside of the planet, they were saddened to find out that the promised sphere was not the Troposphere nor even the Stratosphere. Mythical Mesos encouraged the team to go the extra lightyear, and they finally landed in the most enchanted sphere of them all: Mesosphere.
When the creatures all ended up in the same place, the curse was broken and they realized they weren't creepy, nor spooky, nor even kooky! Mesos would never be miserable again, because he became the hero who would forever be worshipped and needed by the others. As per the the spell, Mesos got to choose where the fantastic new group would live, and he chose to stay in Mesosphere. He decided that the creatures should all live on a beautiful abstraction island called DC/OS.
On Mesosphere DC/OS, the creatures could now easily deploy their skills for the mortals, and they could scale elastically across an organization's entire infrastructure. The Magnificent Seven were forever able to make the mortals happy by sending their data down to Earth in real time, and they lived happily ever after.

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