Mirantis Gets $10M in Funding to Boost OpenStack Cloud Push - Page 2

“Mirantis is a true example of the power of OpenStack technology,” said Lisa Lambert, vice president of Intel Capital and managing director of the software and services sector, in a statement. “In just a short amount of time, Mirantis has established itself as a key OpenStack systems integrator by helping numerous early adopters realize the value of the open-source cloud movement. Intel Capital looks forward to working with its team as it continues to expand its global footprint.”

OpenStack has been catching on all over the world, Mirantis officials said. The open cloud platform is popular in Europe and also in Asia.

“We see tremendous demand for OpenStack in the APAC market and China in particular," said Elise Huang, partner at WestSummit Capital, in a statement. “Beijing generates more traffic to the OpenStack.org Website than any other city in the world today, and China hosts some of the largest cloud deployments in the world. With our investment, we aim to help Mirantis establish a stronghold in the APAC market.”

Meanwhile, Dell said OpenStack is a central component of its own cloud strategy.

“This investment reflects our company’s commitment to open-source platforms that give our customers more options and flexibility,” said Nnamdi Orakwue, vice president of Dell Cloud, in a statement. “We recently announced OpenStack as our open-source cloud platform of choice for public and private clouds. The partnership with Mirantis demonstrates our commitment to the community and our goal of becoming a leading contributor to OpenStack. Dell continues to make strategic investments that enhance our portfolio and customer value.”

Renski said Mirantis has dedicated developers contributing to OpenStack Quantum LBaaS (Load Balancer as a Service) and helps run the Bay Area OpenStack user group in Silicon Valley. The company also offers a training program to expand the pool of skilled engineering talent and expertise in OpenStack. In addition, Mirantis’ ongoing "Boot Camps" have become very popular and are usually sold out, he said.

Dell and Intel are active participants in the OpenStack community. WestSummit Capital is a China-based global growth stage technology investment firm that invests in industry-leading technology companies with a substantial presence or strategic interest in China.

“The constitution of the round is also very important,” Freedland told eWEEK. “The round is led by Intel Capital which is widely recognized as an independent force in the infrastructure space. Intel is known to partner with every meaningful infrastructure provider and with them in the lead we can ensure that we can work with all vendors and yet stay agnostic and open. Dell is an important partner who has embraced OpenStack early, and through this relationship we will continue to deliver robust OpenStack solutions to customers worldwide. Last but not least, WestSummit is the leading China-based venture capital firm that will be a strong partner in our expansion into Asia, a must for a company with global aspirations."