Friday, February 27, 2015

How to deploy a web container on a Google powered Mesos cluster

Lately I’ve been getting my hands dirty deploying applications on Mesos clusters, using Marathon to run Docker containers. I appreciate how it enables you to deploy a wide variety of applications using very little configuration, and seeing your applications scale up and down in a matter of seconds is really neat, but I have had a hard time trying to make an application available to an end user. Hosting your web site on a Mesos cluster, which seems like a basic use case to me, appears to be rather involved, especially when you take into account the infrastructure specifics of your cloud provider. Surely you can get a container running in no time, but then routing a request to it and getting a response back is no trivial matter. In this post I will show how to deploy a simple container with a web server on a Mesos cluster running in the Google Cloud.

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