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There's really no reason to ever use Mesos. We switched over to
and it's been a breath of fresh air - better CD support, easy CLI for browsing logs, no mysterious dangling redeploys. If you're looking for a tool to manage a fleet of Docker containers on VMs,
beats Mesos by a wide margin.
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Engine clusters are very good at being a managed cloud K8s platform - lots of documentation, features, and updates are available. It's also newbie-friendly - for both administrators and developers. Unfortunately, currently, it cannot reach true zero scale - thus, costs (rent for the service) are still involved even if you are barely using it. Thankfully, it's possible to have alternatives in Google Cloud:
Your own K8s cluster on Compute Engine VMs - you manage it completely; it will have access to a lot of Google Cloud services. Cloud Run cluster - less documented but more flexible Anthos clusters - you can use this service for a lot of types of K8s clusters - Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Run, on-prem, AWS, Azure Read full review Pros Mesos may have many frameworks. If you have Mesos installed on your servers, you may use it for many kinds of tasks. Today we're running only web applications but the idea is to install a different framework for big data soon. There is a good community growing around it. Read full review Deployment of a new GKE cluster is really fast in comparison to other cloud providers. GCP is ahead other vendors and always provide the most up to date Kubernetes version. GKE automation for master upgrade and the worker nodes pool works really well. Read full review Cons Unreliable deployments that would fail for no good reason. Sometimes our Docker container would be "restarting" forever because Mesos thought it didn't have enough resources to start the container. Impossibly slow UI. Built in React under the hood with a lot of bloatware backed in, so loading the Mesos UI on a slow internet connection was painful. No real logging solution - it would stream "console.log()" output to the UI, but searching for logs wasn't really possible without downloading a huge file. No built-in support for redeploying containers from a CI. We had to create a service whose whole job was to expose an HTTP endpoint that restarted a container, and then made Circle CI ping the endpoint whenever we wanted to redeploy. Read full review Not as intuitive as it could be Documentation could be better, especially for people using other Google Cloud tools Not the preferred Kubernetes Engine for many apps Read full review Usability Google Kubernetes Engine has a good UI and documentation that facilitates setup and helps get projects moving along quickly Its built-in logging integrations with StackDriver make it easier to monitor the application and log issues quickly Automated orchestration, deployment, and scaling of nodes and networking are all easily configurable with yaml files Read full review Support Rating
No real support channel, the Mesos
issues list was the only one we found and it wasn't particularly helpful.
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distribution with a reasonable total price. Integration with storage and load balancer for ingress and services speed up every process deployment.
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is really great and their community is growing really fast (Google influence). We evaluated it in the beginning and it would fit for our web applications workload. We decided to proceed with Mesos because it has more potential. You may use a different framework for different kinds of tasks on Mesos. There is a
framework for Mesos, by the way.
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GKE spins up new nodes a LOT faster than AKS. GKE's auto scaler runs a lot smoother than AKS. GKE has a lot more
features baked in natively.
Read full review Professional Services When issues came up, we reached out to some folks at GCP and they seemed to be very prompt and attentive to our needs. They were always willing to help and provide additional details or recommendations or links to resources. This kind of support is very helpful as it allows us to navigate GKE with more confidence. Read full review Return on Investment It's optimizing our resources. It's improving our process. This argument is not just for Mesos, but we needed a tool like this to start changing and it works like a charm. It's open source. Read full review Positive: Allowed us to start and produce working software regardless of our experience level. Positive: Integration with other Google Cloud services that we wanted to use anyway. Negative: It's kinda clunky, and some scenarios seem Google Kubernetes Engine-specific instead of being more integrated with other Google Cloud services or the web UI. Read full review ScreenShots