Mirantis Taps Partner Expertise for OpenStack Hardware Appliances
The Mirantis Unlocked Appliances initiative launches to provide cloud-in-a-box appliances. The company draws on its partner ecosystem for the hardware.Mirantis, which has emerged in recent years as a leading vendor in OpenStack software and services, is helping enable cloud hardware though the launch of its new Mirantis Unlocked Appliances program. "We were already engaging customers with custom OpenStack engineering services and with support for our Mirantis OpenStack distribution," Jim Sangster, senior director of solutions marketing at Mirantis, told eWEEK. "Unlocked Appliances builds on this by offering Mirantis OpenStack inside turnkey unlocked appliances." Everything is pre-tested and certified to work out-of-the-box with the Mirantis Unlocked Appliance program, but the company is not selling hardware, he said. Mirantis still just focuses on OpenStack itself, which is the software, and for other components, the company draws on its extensive unlocked partner ecosystem. The OpenStack infrastructure platform historically has not had a focus on hardware management. Mirantis is providing automated build software for use by Certified Rack Partners, which enables rapid and repeatable integration and delivery, Sangster said.
"Detailed hardware management would be more of something that is added into the appliance as an additional software product from either the hardware provider or another third party," Sangster said. "It is not part of this first version of this appliance."