Mesosphere raises $73.5 Million Series C, backed by HPE and Microsoft

Mesosphere is known for its Datacenter Operating System (DCOS), designed to pool datacenter compute resources and automate common operations.

Cloud computing startup Mesosphere has landed $73.5 million in a Series C funding round led by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), with Microsoft joining as a new strategic investor.

The round brings Mesosphere's total funding to date to nearly $126 million at an estimated $600 million valuation.

Mesosphere plans to use the funding to accelerate growth around its Datacenter Operating System (DCOS), which helps enterprises run big data systems, build microservices applications and operate large production container environments. It works by pooling datacenter compute resources and automating common operations.

It's also a key enabler for enterprises looking to build, install, manage and scale technologies such as Docker, Apache Cassandra, Jenkins, Apache Kafka and Apache Spark.

The core of DCOS is based on the open-source Apache Mesos, the platform on which Apache Spark was built. Today DCOS and the technologies that comprise it are used within some of world's largest private data centers, including Verizon, Apple, Twitter and Netflix.

Lak Ananth, managing director at Hewlett Packard Ventures, called DCOS "the most exciting new enterprise operating system since Linux."

"Mesosphere DCOS is preferred by our enterprise customers given the maturity of the container orchestration solution, and that's why we chose it as a key component for bringing containers to our enterprise-grade Microsoft Azure cloud platform," he said in a statement.