Gartner Research

Using Apache Mesos and DC/OS to Orchestrate Containers

Published: 14 October 2016

ID: G00297512

Analyst(s): Richard Watson


Enterprise application teams are packaging software in containers, primarily with Docker. They need an environment to orchestrate and operate containers over a server cluster. Technical professionals should use this research to decide if the DC/OS ecosystem around Mesosphere fits their requirements.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction to Container Orchestration
  • Mesos Is One Choice in the Market for Container Orchestration
  • Introduction to Mesos
    • Untangling Apache Mesos, Mesosphere, DC/OS and Frameworks
    • Basic Mesos Architecture
  • Use Cases for Mesos
    • Use Case No. 1: DC/OS as a Distributed Application Platform
    • Use Case No. 2: Mesos as a Microservices Hosting Environment
    • Use Case No. 3: DC/OS as a Cloud Portability Mechanism
    • Use Case No. 4: Mesos as Infrastructure for a PaaS Framework
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Decide Whether Your Requirements Indicate a Container Orchestrator Is the Right Solution for Your Application Infrastructure Scenarios
  • Decide Whether Your Requirements Indicate Mesos Is the Right Answer to Your Container Orchestration Requirements
  • Choose Integrated Distributions and Managed Mesos Cloud Services to Reduce Complexity (at Least in Your Prototyping Phase)
  • Mature the Architecture Skills and DevOps Practices That Will Produce Services Suitable for Harnessing Mesos

The Details

  • Assessment of the Mesos Ecosystem
    • Open-Source Evaluation
    • Standards and Industry Consortia
    • Commercial Options for Mesos

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