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Microsoft and HPE throw their weight behind Mesosphere

Cloud computing startup Mesosphere made its mark early with large companies like Twitter and Netflix, and on Thursday the company got a fresh boost from two more tech giants: Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Built on the open-source Apache Mesos project credited with helping Twitter kill its “Fail Whale,” the company has closed $73.5 million in a Series C funding round led by HPE, with participation from Microsoft as a new strategic investor.

Designed to help enterprises build microservices-based applications, run big-data systems and operate massive production container environments, Mesosphere’s Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) is “the most exciting new enterprise operating system since Linux,” said Lak Ananth, managing director at Hewlett Packard Ventures, in a statement.

HPE and Microsoft provided “the lion’s share” of the funds in this latest round, said Matt Trifiro, Mesosphere’s senior vice president, in an interview on Wednesday. The new infusion brings Mesosphere’s total funding to date to nearly $126 million.

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