Red Hat, SAP, Ericsson Invest $10M in Mirantis for OpenStack Push

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-06-06 Print this article Print

"Red Hat is taking a leadership role in bringing OpenStack to enterprise users, and Mirantis has been an early leader in developing services and tools that are helping enterprise customers achieve success with OpenStack," said Brian Stevens, Red Hat CTO and vice president of worldwide engineering, in a statement. "Our investment in Mirantis reflects our commitment to customer success and customer choice, and the on-going collaboration between Red Hat and Mirantis will help accelerate the adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise."

Mirantis has already built an OpenStack cloud for SAP using Fuel, and the companies will explore further use of OpenStack by SAP. "An early leader in promoting and supporting the adoption of OpenStack, Mirantis is poised for continued growth as it aims to help companies around the world build open cloud platforms on an agile, future-proof infrastructure," said Jai Das, managing director at SAP Ventures, in a statement. "SAP Ventures looks forward to continuing its long-standing support of companies based on open-source technologies and is pleased to support Mirantis' growth and expansion as it is the clear leader in the OpenStack tools and services market."

Mirantis announced Fuel in March, opening up its private library of configuration and deployment tools for OpenStack to the public. The library had already been used in many OpenStack projects that the company completed for customers such as PayPal, WebEx, NASA and others.

"Mirantis' Fuel library has been instrumental in accelerating our efforts to stand up highly available, production-grade OpenStack infrastructure," said Saran Mandair, senior director of platform engineering and operations at PayPal, at the time of the Mirantis Fuel launch in March. "The Mirantis-PayPal collaboration was excellent because it will help promote the open source ecosystem."

Fuel consists of verified deployment scripts for implementing a variety of OpenStack deployment configurations; these range from simple configurations for proof-of-concept and dev/test scenarios to highly available configurations for production use cases.

"Companies building OpenStack clouds want to keep their infrastructure open and stay in control of its roadmap," said Boris Renski, Mirantis co-founder and OpenStack Foundation board member. "Fuel is the ultimate do-it-yourself toolkit for OpenStack that emerged as a means to meet those exact needs. We worked with many vendors in building Fuel and specifically designed it to be completely vendor-agnostic."


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