In Cloud Software Wars, Mesosphere Bows to Kubernetes

Google appears to have won a long-running technology war in the corporate market.

Mesosphere, a startup that makes software for managing applications in data centers, is surrendering to its main rival, Kubernetes, a Google-created software, according to two people with knowledge of Mesosphere’s plans. Mesosphere is soon expected to allow its flagship product, an operating system for data centers, to run Kubernetes as well as its own competing technology called Marathon.

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Mesosphere has been trying to counter the Kubernetes trend for the past few years. Its first attempt to respond came in 2015 when it built custom software that made it possible to run Kubernetes on top of DC/OS. But the product didn’t take off because it created additional complexity for customers, said a person with knowledge of the product. This time, Mesosphere is integrating Kubernetes more deeply in order to address these issues, said the person. Last year Mesosphere began offering a free version of DC/OS as part of its effort to fight Kubernetes. It primarily generates revenue from offering customer support to people who use DC/OS, as well as from paid tools that run on top of DC/OS.

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The company’s shift is the latest sign of how Kubernetes is emerging as an industry standard for running large numbers of complex applications.