July 13, 2016


Mantl Version 1.2 Released – Kubernetes Fully Integrated

This week we are excited to announce our next release of Mantl that introduces Kubernetes integration with Consul which enables Kubernetes services to automatically get registered in Consul and all the enhanced  networking and security capabilities of Mantl are fully integrated to Kubernetes. The architecture of Mantl’s integrated stack is shown below. Mantl has become a […]

April 26, 2016


What is Mantl API?

When developing applications, one to the first obstacles we encountered was around installing applications and frameworks. To address this complicated ecosystem, we developed a service framework and API. The Mantl API is a feature built in to Mantl that helps you find and install applications and Mesos frameworks. Think of the effort involved to build a […]

April 19, 2016


Batteries Included, not Crippleware

At Cisco, we are continuously working with our Enterprise and Service Provider customers on the  many issues they are facing with the transition to Cloud Native and Hyperscale in the datacenter. What we have discovered is that with  this transition, administrators are struggling with the the increasing complexity in the data center, policy, and data […]

March 24, 2016


Visualizing a minimesos Cluster with Weave’s Scope

This week we are very pleased to release version 0.8.0 of minimesos. This new release contains many improvements, bug fixes and new features. The two most important features are that minimesos now ships with Weave Scope and HashiCorp’s Consul. In this blog, I am going to focus on how important we think the integration with […]

March 18, 2016


minimesos – An experimentation and testing tool for Apache Mesos

Apache Mesos, it’s fair to say, is a battle-hardened system for treating your whole data center as one pool of resources. Through the use of frameworks and their APIs, it’s possible to manage and schedule resources across both data centers and different cloud environments. It is for these reasons that Mantl, our microservices framework, was […]

March 10, 2016


Cloud Native Computing Foundation Accepts Kubernetes as First Project

Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced that their first project accepted is Kubernetes. This is an important initial milestone as this represents the first core functional component of a CNCF solution.  There will me more core functional components to come as the TOC is busy already investigating projects.  This is not validation that CNCF […]

February 16, 2016


Programmable Microservices Infrastructure with Mantl Release 1

Introduction The proliferation of a containers, public and private clouds and orchestration applications like Kubernetes and Apache Mesos have helped to ratify the use of microservices in production environments. Pini Reznik wrote a great blog summarizing the history here. However, experience shows that more time is being spent deploying, managing and debugging the infrastructure than […]

March 10, 2015


An Open Framework for Hosting Multi Data Center Distributed Applications on the Cisco Cloud

Authors Ken Owens (@kenowens12), Keith Chambers (@keithchambers), and Jason Plank (@_japlank_) Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about ways of designing new software applications. Out of this, we’ve heard a lot about “Microservice Architecture” as a way to design these applications as individual components to make up an actual application. Refer back […]

December 10, 2013


Big Data in Security – Part II: The AMPLab Stack

Following part one of our Big Data in Security series on TRAC tools, I caught up with talented data scientist Mahdi Namazifar to discuss TRAC’s work with the Berkeley AMPLab Big Data stack. Researchers at University of California, Berkeley AMPLab built this open source Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS), starting at the bottom what is Mesos? AMPLab is looking at […]