Announcing Mesos Support in Rancher

on Jun 1, 2016

twitter_launchvfI am excited to announce that Rancher officially supports Mesos, one of the most popular distributed cluster managers on the market today. Mesos is able to manage a large number of computing hosts and schedule computing jobs to these hosts according to their CPU, memory, and storage needs.

But Mesos is much more than a distributed resource manager and scheduler. In the past few years, the Mesos community has developed a rich set of frameworks to automate the deployment and operations of large-scale distributed applications such as Hadoop, Elasticsearch, Spark, and Kafka. With Mesos support, Rancher greatly simplifies the effort required to run Mesos clusters and Mesos frameworks.

It is a straightforward, 3-step process to set up and run Mesos clusters on Rancher:

  • Step 1: Create a Mesos environment Starting from the v1.1.0-dev2 open source release, you are able to create Mesos environments in addition to Kubernetes and Swarm environments
Creating a Mesos environment in rancher

Adding a Mesos environment with Rancher

  • Step 2: Add hosts to the Mesos environment Once you create a Mesos environment, you can add hosts into a Mesos cluster from a variety of infrastructure providers including public clouds, bare metal servers, and virtualization clusters:
Adding hosts to the Mesos environment through Rancher

Adding hosts with the Mesos environment in Rancher

  • Step 3: Deploy Mesos frameworks Once the Mesos master and slave agents are up, you can select to deploy any number of Mesos frameworks from the Rancher Catalog. You can expect the number of Mesos frameworks in the Rancher catalog to grow as the Rancher community continues to contribute.
The Mesos community catalog within Rancher

Mesos community catalog within Rancher

We’ve put together a short walkthrough of this process, along with a demonstration of the automated upgrade capabilities.

By using Mesos and Mesos frameworks on Rancher, you benefit from all the capabilities Rancher brings to run containers in production:

  1. Rancher automates the deployment and upgrade of the Mesos cluster itself, which includes the Zookeeper cluster, Mesos master cluster, and Mesos slave agents. Rancher deploys Zookeeper, Mesos master, and Mesos slave as containers, monitors their health, and coordinates the upgrade of a running Mesos cluster without impacting the workload.
  2. Rancher provides a catalog of Mesos frameworks and automates the deployment and upgrade of these Mesos frameworks. Rancher deploys each of these Mesos frameworks as containers. The Mesos framework then interacts with Mesos master and Zookeeper to schedule workload. Rancher coordinates the upgrade of Mesos frameworks as new versions become available.
  3. Rancher enables users to create multiple Mesos clusters and enforce advanced Role Based Access Control (RBAC) policies on these clusters. Users can grant and restrict access to their Mesos clusters to other users.
  4. Rancher allows users to create hosts from any infrastructure provider, including public clouds, private clouds, virtualization clusters, and bare metal servers.
  5. Rancher implements software-defined networking which enables containers running on different hosts and clouds to communicate with each other.
  6. Rancher implements persistent storage services which enables users to run stateful applications using Mesos frameworks.
  7. Rancher provides load balancer service and DNS integration for Mesos users.
  8. Rancher enables development teams in large organizations to have their choice of container orchestration and scheduling technologies by supporting all popular platforms including Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and Mesos. In addition, Rancher enables applications and services hosted in these different platforms to interoperate with each other.

We previewed some of these capabilities with EMC earlier this year, showcasing EMC’s RackHD, ScaleIO, and REX-Ray products:

  • Create a Mesos environment on Rancher
  • Use RackHD to add a number of bare metal hosts into the Mesos cluster
  • Deploy ScaleIO as persistent storage system for the Mesos cluster
  • Deploy a REX-Ray driver and use that to access ScaleIO
  • Deploy a custom application on the Mesos cluster from the Rancher catalog
  • Use Rancher to provision additional hosts from a public cloud, leverage Rancher SDN to connect containers on bare metal hosts and the public cloud, and then scale the application up to run on more hosts.

You can walk through a click-by-click demonstration of the integration above (courtesy EMC), or view a video of the process here – it is remarkable what Rancher, Mesos, RackHD, ScaleIO and REX-Ray can accomplish together.

For more information regarding Mesos support on Rancher, visit us at MesosCon North America, today and tomorrow (we’re at Booth S9) or get started with one of our free, monthly online training sessions. You can also register for our June Online Meetup, where we’ll be introducing our new Rancher support for Mesos.


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