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Mesosphere, Dell EMC Team Up

May 12, 2017

At Dell EMC World, Mesosphere the creators of DC/OS, a premier platform for building and running data-rich, containerized applications announced a collaboration with Dell EMC to provide a reference architecture for customers to deploy DC/OS with select Dell EMC compute and storage infrastructure. Running Mesosphere DC/OS helps enable Dell EMC's customers to offer their internal development and operations teams a public cloud-like experience within their own data centers including best-in-class orchestration and management of containers and single-click deployment of big data services while avoiding public cloud lock-in. By combining DC/OS with Dell EMC hardware, customers are expected to achieve better performance and cost savings, and consumability compared to other options.

Mesosphere and Dell EMC have a history of collaborating on behalf of customers. Last year, Mesosphere integrated REX-Ray by {code}, by Dell EMC a container storage orchestration engine to manage storage from multiple platforms, in DC/OS. Today's announcement is a result of the natural evolution of the relationship, putting access to the leading technology for powering modern apps into the hands of Dell EMC customers.

This combined reference architecture will help enable customers to build and run modern applications that use containers and big data services within their on-premise infrastructure. In this reference architecture, Dell EMC ScaleIO and ScaleIO Ready Nodes provide a complete scale-out solution for compute and storage infrastructure for applications and micro services. Mesosphere's "Datacenter Operating System" (DC/OS) with ScaleIO provides a software platform that aggregates both compute and storage and provides a simple UI or CLI for application and container management and orchestration, single-click deployment of 100's of data and devops services, and elastic scaling. Customers who follow the reference architecture will be using a proven solution that minimizes risk and simplifies deployment, and are supported by both Mesosphere and Dell EMC.

Dell EMC ScaleIO is a data center grade software-defined storage that uses standard x86 hardware and Ethernet to deliver scale-out block storage, simplifying storage lifecycle management. ScaleIO abstracts, pools and automates block storage in servers, including high performance All-Flash or hybrid media, and provides shared storage with enterprise class reliability. The ScaleIO Ready Node is pre-validated, tested and configured to provide the best performance possible with a single vendor for support. ScaleIO Ready Node allow customers to deploy ScaleIO in a hyper-converged appliance.

"We're incredibly proud to expand our relationship with Mesosphere," said Josh Bernstein, Vice President of Technology, Dell Technologies. "DC/OS combined with ScaleIO Ready Nodes is a powerful solution for data-rich, microservices applications, as it uniquely allows deployment of big data toolsets along with other frameworks side-by-side, all while scaling from the smallest environments up to tens of thousands of servers."

The move to the cloud is continuing at a rapid pace, but enterprise buyers increasingly ask for cloud native applications and infrastructure within their own data centers. With more reliance on proprietary tools and APIs from public cloud vendors, and increasing complexity for moving between providers, there is substantial potential for lock-in. In response, customers seek out hybrid cloud offerings.

"Customers need the flexibility and ease that comes from being able to provision and scale infrastructure, services and tools on demand, and so it's no wonder many companies have rushed to public cloud providers. However, they also want to control costs, leverage existing investments, and have the ability to choose what infrastructure they deploy on, whether that's public or private," said Will Freiberg, COO at Mesosphere. "Pairing Mesosphere's software with Dell EMC solutions provides the benefits of cloud services while retaining freedom and control."

DC/OS is available from Mesosphere and Dell EMC today.

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