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Mesosphere follows the crowd, adds Kubernetes support to DC/OS

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Mesosphere has thrown its support behind Kubernetes as a tool for container orchestration. The company will be announcing that it is adding beta support for the Google-originated tool to DC/OS, its platform for infrastructure and application management.

DC/OS is software that’s built on top of the Apache Mesos project, which allows operators to more easily distribute applications across a pool of computing hardware. Those applications can — and often do — include those inside software containers. Kubernetes is designed to manage such containerized applications at scale.

“DC/OS offers a service catalog where customers can choose different databases, different data analytics tools, and the same way there’s choice for customers with those types of workloads, we want to offer them choice in container orchestration as well,” Mesosphere cofounder and CTO Tobias Knaupf said in an interview.

Mesosphere previously shipped DC/OS with Marathon, the application orchestration software that it helped develop. Marathon development will continue, as well. Operations engineers will be able to set the software up to work with multiple versions of different container orchestration software, which means it’s possible to have apps running on top of Marathon while kicking the tires on Kubernetes in a single DC/OS cluster.

The company was expected to release this news early next week, but it was first reported on by The Information earlier today.

This announcement is another on a long list of victories for Kubernetes. The container orchestration software originated at Google and has taken the developer world by storm in the intervening years.

Microsoft and Google each have cloud services dedicated to running a managed version of Kubernetes on their servers, and Amazon is rumored to be working on one as well. This also means that the container orchestration world is moving closer towards broad acceptance of Kubernetes.

One of the few remaining holdouts in the ecosystem is Docker, which has its own container orchestration software called Swarm.

Right now, the Kubernetes support in Mesosphere is available in beta, and the company plans to make it generally available later this year. People using the open source version of DC/OS and the paid enterprise version will have access to it.

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